Biden's 'Jobs Cabinet' to sell infrastructure in the face of Republican Party resistance.

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President Joe Biden's goal is to convince the United States that it needs its $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan, assigning a five-member "employment cabinet" to help with that effort.

But the immensity of his job is apparent after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged to reverse the project every step of the way.

McConnell said he personally liked Biden and that he had been friends for a long time. Speaking in Kentucky on Thursday.

But the president will not get the cooperation of the Republican Party, which opposes the corporate tax increases in the plan and says they would damage America's ability to compete in a global economy.

The Republican leader said, We have a lot of philosophical differences, and that will make it difficult for us to reach bipartisan agreements.

White House Chief of Staff Ron Klein said the key to any response was that the idea was already popular. He said the United States wants to invest in many parts of the project, including new schools, paved roads, electric vehicles, safe bridges, reliable public transport, clean water, and manufacturing.

We think it's okay," Klain said in a televised interview with the Politico news organization. But we're happy to talk to people, less about cost, about what elements of the project should be missing from people's minds. 

Those conversations could be limited to Democrats, as McConnell stated: I am going to fight them every step of the way."

Biden told his Cabinet at his first meeting that he was recruiting several of them to help speed up the process.: Pete Buttigieg Transportation Secretary, Jennifer Granholm Energy Secretary, Marcia Fudge Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marty Walsh, Secretary of Labor, and Gina Raimondo, Secretary of Commerce.

Biden said., Working with his team here in the White House, each member of the Cabinet will serve me in matters with Congress, involving the public in the sale of this project., and help organize the details as we improve and push it ahead.

The task will involve a lot of salesmanship for legislation that makes a legacy that Biden announced in a speech Wednesday.

Your administration must influence Congress. You need to mobilize the voters. It is also seeking outside economists to back the plan.

You're monitoring Wall Street for celebrations or nervousness. He's forging alliances with advocates while also taking on critics of the plan's corporate tax increases and project details. And the Biden administration also intends, under the plan, to persuade other nations into stopping cutting their own tax rates in what has been a race to the bottom to attract and retain multinational companies.

Biden's vehicle is a key distribution line for financing his infrastructure projects. Republicans oppose increasing the corporate tax rate from 21 percent to 28 percent, one of many business tax changes to fund base. Republicans had cut the corporate rate by 35% in 2017, a distinctive political achievement of Donald Trump's presidency.

The administration is drawing its share of praise and blame for its proposal within Washington and corporate boardrooms.

In Biden's own party, the Liberal Democrats in Congress want it to grow. And Democrats representing high-tax states want to remove a 2017 tax code change that limits state and local tax deductions for individuals.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, did not express any qualms about the proposal's scope.

Pelosi said at a news conference Thursday. It was in the American tradition to think big, and now, in this century, President Biden is doing something in the tradition of thinking big, bringing change, and creating jobs for the United States.

While many leading business groups oppose higher taxes, some major companies see cause for optimism about the innovations the plan would encourage.

Automakers Ford, General Motors, and Toyota endorsed Biden's plan's broad concepts, which calls for the construction of 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations by 2030 in what would be a shift from gasoline cars.

But some environmentalists say the plan is not enough to divert fossil fuels from climate change.

"Biden has committed to reducing carbon emissions by 50% and decarbonizing our power sector, but this proposal will not even come close," said Brett Hartl, director of government affairs for the Center for Biological Diversity.

The White House was quick to address concerns about climate change. Climate adviser Gina McCarthy said the administration hopes the infrastructure package will include Biden's commitment to establishing a national standard that requires utilities to produce 100% carbon-free electricity by 2035.

McCarthy said the proposed power standards would be "very strong and comprehensive." "I am convinced that we can achieve the results we seek in different ways. If a clean energy standard can be made, we think it should be done. "

For each critique of the details of the project, its broader approach was also praised.

Harvard University economist a former Treasury secretary Larry Summers backed Biden's plan after criticizing the $1.9 trillion Coronavirus relief project because of its size and debt-based financing.

 Larry Summers, Harvard University economist, a former Treasury Secretary, backed Biden's plan after previously criticizing the $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan due to its size and debt-based financing.

He downplayed the risks of corporate tax increases, as low-interest rates mean that raising capital costs is already low for many companies.

"I'm excited," Summers said on Twitter. "The capacity of the economy will increase."

As unions are mobilizing to get the package approved, the plan also has a political dimension, a major boost given the recent steady Republican advances among working-class voters. With its focus on construction and manufacturing jobs, Biden's plan has the potential to reverse some of that decline, and the unions that backed it in 2020 promise to help generate votes on infrastructure.

Our members are an army of five million-strong men, who will call, meet members of Congress and rally for good jobs to build the infrastructure of our nation.

Terry O'Sullivan said, one of the largest construction unions, General President of the Labor Union of North America. We did it on the ground with our shoes so that President Biden could be elected.