As President Joe Biden pushes for a $2 trillion infrastructure and jobs plan, Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey was joined by other Republicans in presenting their own infrastructure bill.
Toomey was a part of a group of GOP Senators who introduced their $568 billion infrastructure plan Thursday at the Capitol.
“While President Biden would like to do things that have nothing to do with infrastructure, my view is that we can have that conversation at some point in time, but what we ought to focus on is what we seem to have an agreement on,” Toomey said. “And that’s a significant investment in infrastructure.”
A majority of funds would go toward roads and bridges, with the remaining funds for public transportation and railroads.
Toomey though, balked at reversing the Trump tax cuts and instead laid out some other ideas as a way to pay for the bill.
“One of the ways we can do that is, in some cases, especially when there is a new capacity we’re creating, it’s reasonable to ask people who are going to use that to contribute toward it,” Toomey said. “So some kind of user fee makes sense as a component.”
Toomey also said there are unused appropriated funds that are available and that states and local governments have excess cash on hand to help with projects.