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GOP Sen. Portman slams Biden infrastructure plan as ‘wrong approach’

Randy Mancini 3 Apr 1
Ranking member Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, questions Deanne Criswell, President Joe Biden's choice to be FEMA administrator, as she testifies at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Homeland Security Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 25, 2021. (Drew Angerer/Pool via AP)

Ranking member Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, questions Deanne Criswell, President Joe Biden’s choice to be FEMA administrator, as she testifies at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Homeland Security Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 25, 2021. (Drew Angerer/Pool via AP)

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) said the Biden administration’s infrastructure plan is the wrong approach.

The Ohio lawmaker, who sits on the Senate Finance Committee, slammed Biden’s proposal in a statement Wednesday over its price tag and business taxes. The Republican moderate warned the tax hikes will hurt working families and undermine the country’s economic recovery.

I support improving America’s aging roads, bridges, ports, and other infrastructure, but @POTUS' $2T+ infrastructure proposal is filled with unrelated policy priorities & massive tax increases on job creators struggling to rebound from the pandemic.

This is the wrong approach.

— Rob Portman (@senrobportman) March 31, 2021

Portman also said the plan is too broad and includes items unrelated to infrastructure such as health care and workforce development. He added, he thinks a bipartisan bill is impossible if the proposal stands the way it is now.

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