Sen. Cassidy: GOP and Dems 'Closer Than You Might Think' on Infrastructure Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., questions a witness. ( Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Sunday, 02 May 2021 01:54 PM
Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., on Sunday said Republicans and Democrats are “a lot closer than you might think” on an infrastructure package that’s part of President Joe Biden’s jobs proposal,
In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Cassidy said the sides remain far apart, however, on the family proposals from the White House,
“If you’re talking about a scope which is roads and bridges and internet and tunnels and airports and waterways, we can be pretty close,” Cassidy said. “If you’re talking about spending hundreds of billions of dollars to benefit public services unions, then we are far apart.”
“So if we can agree on the scope we can fix those bridges,” he said, adding Democrats should “be honest with the American people, come where Republicans already are.”
“When it comes to roads and bridges, we’re a lot closer than you might think,” he asserted.
Cassidy also defended former President Donald Trump’s 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and pushed back at question from moderator Chris Wallace about what would be wrong with increasing the top tax rate to the levels of the Bush and Obama administrations to help the working and middle class.
“Sounds just like President Biden speaking to Congress,” Cassidy chided.
“The aspiration of this Biden administration is to return to the economy we had before COVID, where we had record low unemployment which means record employment for African-Americans, veterans, women, Hispanics, the disabled, [and] high school dropouts with wage growth disproportionally in the lower quintiles of the income structure.”
Cassidy added, “that was all part of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act bill.”
“You can't separate them, and so if you want to say, 'My gosh, these people are making more money. Why don't we return and keep the Tax Cut and Jobs Act?' That's the flip side of the question you're asking, and I think that flip side is the part that should be emphasized,” he said.
Biden's $2.3 trillion spending plan unveiled early last month would raise the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28%, reversing a key part of the 2017 tax law.