UPDATED 2:45 PM PT – Tuesday, June 29, 2021
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) offered insight on Republican expectations of a bipartisan infrastructure bill. During a press conference on Tuesday, Scalise stated the GOP has not been on board with a bill that would raise taxes.
Scalise said Republicans have been waiting to hear more from the White House and the bipartisan group who have been negotiating, but lawmakers are hopeful about physical infrastructure talks. However, the Louisiana lawmaker insisted Republicans would not budge on their refusal to support a bill containing tax increases.
Our nation’s infrastructure is in need of repair. We’ve reached a deal on an infrastructure package that focuses on physical infrastructure—roads, bridges, airports—without raising taxes or adding to the deficit. We’ll keep working with colleagues to get this signed into law. pic.twitter.com/ptrGLsb1X5
— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) June 24, 2021
Scalise went on to slam Democrats for proposing such a massive bill with no idea how to pay for it. He said Republicans have suggested using existing funds that have been unspent from previous relief bills.
“There’s hundreds of billions of dollars of money that’s been unspent and many both on the Senate and House side have identified those funds as a way to start paying for it,” he explained. “You’ve got to look at how to pay for it and not in a way that raises taxes and kills American jobs.”
Meanwhile, Joe Biden is set to speak in La Crosse, Wisconsin later to rally support for his bipartisan infrastructure proposal.