McConnell says Republicans will 'fight' Biden plan

President Joe Biden speaks about the March jobs report in the State Dining Room of the White House Friday

Biden's infrastructure plan, unveiled on Wednesday, charts a course for dramatic change in the direction of the US economy and includes investments in traditional projects like roads and bridges along with climate change initiatives and human services like elder care. Biden claimed that the massive investment in U.S. infrastructure will create 19 million jobs in the country which is now suffering from a surge in unemployment caused by the pandemic.

Biden's remarks were tied to Friday's jobs report, which saw the economy add 916,000 jobs, far outpacing economists' expectations of 660,000. "Let's call this proposal what it really is - an attempt to push through liberal priorities like the Green New Deal, paid for by historic tax increases on hardworking Americans", the lawmaker said. Biden said that the new economic strategy that his administration has launched, one focused on building from the bottom up in the middle out, and one that puts government on the side of working people.

"Congress should act on the infrastructure plan".

He said this plan will help rebuild infrastructure and provide job opportunities, in hopes of stimulating America's economy and decreasing federal debt. According to the White House website, the Build Back Better plan's goal is to "rescue, recover, and rebuild the country" by strengthening the economy and providing relief to underrepresented communities who have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

McConnell's gripe about the corporate tax increases proposed in Biden's plan was echoed by other Republicans on Wednesday as the president outlined his proposal in a speech in Pittsburgh.

Biden signed the American Rescue Plan - an economic stimulus bill totalling $1.9 trillion - into law on March 11.

Joe Biden defended raising taxes in order to pay for his high-priced infrastructure package.

"I start with one rule - no one, I'll say it again, no one making under $400,000 will see their federal taxes go up, period", Biden said.

'If the Republicans argue that we don't need infrastructure.

Right now, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says the plan won't get any support from Republicans.

"We can do this, we have to do this, we will do this", Biden said. "So it's time to move together".