The White House faced questioned Monday on the battle over President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan and also the president’s view on Major League Baseball’s decision to pull the All Star game out of Atlanta after the state push through new voting laws.
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Biden’s ambitious “Rebuild America” agenda has a price tag of $2.3 trillion, and plans to help roads, bridges and other infrastructure investments.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell declared plainly on Monday that Biden’s plan is “something we’re not going to do.”
But it’s not at all certain the GOP playbook that worked more than a decade ago will produce the same political gains this time around. Voters appear tired of the partisan stalemate in Washington.
Many live in the country’s run-down areas and are signaling they are initially supportive of Biden’s approach to governing, at least on the virus aid package.
“Infrastructure is not just the roads we get a horse and buggy across. Infrastructure is about broadband. It’s about replacing lead pipes so people have water. It’s about rebuilding our schools,” said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.
“So, of course, we’re happy to hear proposals. But, you know, I think the definition of infrastructure we have a disagreement about.”
The MLB decision to move the All Star game, comes as the CEOs of Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines and Coca-Cola have also condemned Georgia’s new voting law as being too restrictive.
The decision to pull the July 13 game from Atlanta’s Truist Park amounts to the first economic backlash against Georgia for the voting law that Republican Gov. Brian Kemp quickly signed into law March 25.
Kemp has insisted the law’s critics have mischaracterized what it does, yet GOP lawmakers adopted the changes largely in response to false claims of fraud in the 2020 elections by former President Donald Trump and his supporters.
The law includes new restrictions on voting by mail and greater legislative control over how elections are run.
“We’ve not not asked corporations to take specific actions. That’s not our focus here,” said Psaki.
“Our focus is on and continuing to convey that it’s important that voting is easier, not harder, that when there are laws in place that make it harder, we certainly express opposition to those laws.”