Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday said President Biden’s “daydreams” of a “sweeping socialist legacy” will “never happen” — responding to the White House’s proposal for a $1.8 trillion social spending and tax hike plan.
The “American Families Plan” would finance universal preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds and free community college, as well as subsidize child care and 12 weeks of paid sick and family leave.
Biden unveiled the “families” plan ahead of his first address to Congress on Wednesday night — and as Democrats are still writing his $2.3 trillion infrastructure bill, which would put about $400 billion toward home health care and nearly $200 billion toward electric vehicle subsidies.
The Biden bills would be paid for with higher taxes on companies, upper-income people and investors, which Republicans argue could indirectly impact many other people by raising business costs and lowering investment transactions.
“It’s not too late. This White House can shake off its daydreams of a sweeping socialist legacy that will never happen in the United States,” McConnell (R-Ky.) said on the Senate floor hours after the details of Biden’s latest proposal were published.
“President Biden pledged he would be ‘a president for all Americans’ with plans to repair, restore and heal. The American people elected a 50-50 Senate, a closely divided House and a president who preached moderation,” McConnell said.
“He promised that his whole soul is committed to uniting our people. Many hoped his administration would reflect that promise. But the first 100 days have left much to be desired. Over a few short months, the Biden administration seems to have given up on selling actual unity in favor of catnip for their liberal base covered with a hefty coat of false advertising.”
Both the infrastructure bill and the “families” plan can be forced through Congress with a bare majority and no Republican votes under special budget reconciliation rules, according to a recent ruling by the Senate’s parliamentarian. But Democrats can’t afford to lose a single vote in the evenly divided Senate and Democrats hold a mere six-seat edge in the House.
Last month, Congress passed Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill — including $1,400 stimulus checks to most people and $350 billion in state and local aid — without any Republican votes via budget reconciliation, which bypasses the usual 60-vote threshold for bills to pass the Senate. But the fate of the pending proposals is likely to be dictated by protracted negotiations.
To block or substantially alter Biden’s pair of large bills, Republicans will need to find centrist Democratic allies.
In the House, Reps. Tom Suozzi (D-NY), Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) vowed to block the “families” plan if it doesn’t lift the $10,000 SALT cap that since 2017 raised taxes on New Yorkers by imposing a limit of $10,000 in state and local taxes that can be deducted before paying federal taxes. Biden’s latest plan didn’t address the SALT cap.