There is still time for Republicans to make some “additional movement” toward a bipartisan agreement on infrastructure, but that can’t include a proposal that raises money by imposing user fees on Americans making under $400,000 a year, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said Wednesday.
“There are things, for example, that weren’t included in their counterproposal that I know for a fact there’s a good number of Republican support,” Granholm told CNN’s “New Day,” explaining that there is room for investment in the energy transmission grid and in water infrastructure, both things that have bipartisan support.
However, she said, President Joe Biden has repeatedly stated that he does not want Republicans to return with a proposal that raises taxes on people who make less than $400,000 a year, including the user fee proposals.
“(These are) essentially gas taxes,” said Granholm. “The president has ruled that out, but there’s a lot of room in between. This is what a negotiation is all about, and hopefully today we can make significant progress toward closing the gap.”
Biden is set to meet with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-WVa., who is leading the GOP’s counterproposal presentations on Wednesday, and Granholm pointed out that he continues