Sanders criticized the proposal, which he considered a lack of clarity in how the project would be financed.
NATIONAL. Sanders showed his disagreement
This Sunday, independent senator Bernie Sanders criticized the increase in the gasoline tax, as well as the issuance of rates for electric vehicles, within the infrastructure package according to the latest discussion of the proposal.
The senator shared his opinion on Meet the Press, from the NBC news network: “What’s in the bipartisan bill in terms of spending is what I can see as mostly good. It’s roads and bridges and we have to do that. That’s what we are proposing in our legislation but in much larger quantities. “
However, Sanders disagreed with the gasoline tax increase, which he viewed as a lack of clarity on how the project would be financed.
“I don’t know if they know it yet. But part of the speculation is to increase our gas tax that I don’t support. A tariff on electric vehicles, the privatization of infrastructure. Those are proposals that I wouldn’t support,” he said.
Asked if it would become an obstacle to legislation, Sanders indicated that he could not give an “honest answer” until the matter was known in detail.
“If it’s about roads and bridges, yeah, of course we have to do that. And I support it. If it’s regressive taxes, you know, raising the gas tax or a fee on electric vehicles, or the infrastructure privatization, no, I wouldn’t support it. So we don’t have the details at this time, “he concluded.
This Friday the White House issued a statement in which it reiterated its refusal to increase the gasoline tax. The announcement came as a group of lawmakers negotiated an infrastructure proposal.
“The President has been clear throughout these negotiations: He is staunchly opposed to raising taxes on people who earn less than $ 400,000 a year. After the extraordinarily difficult times ordinary Americans endured in 2020 – losses of jobs, shrinking incomes, squeezed budgets – it’s just not going to allow Congress to raise taxes on those who suffered the most, “said Andrew Bates, a spokesman for the administration, in a statement.
The official added that again “the economy is growing at a rate not seen in nearly 40 years, employment has risen and wages are rising. The president is firmly against any plan to reverse these hard-earned gains by taxing families. middle-class for simply driving to work or taking their kids to school. “