Sen. Ben Cardin: Biden ‘right to be bold’ on infrastructure plan

ABC News’ Linsey Davis speaks with Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., about the prospects for bipartisan negotiations over President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan.
4:24 | 04/09/21

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Transcript for Sen. Ben Cardin: Biden ‘right to be bold’ on infrastructure plan
We are joined now by democratic senator Ben -- of Maryland chair of the transportation infrastructure subcommittee of the environment and public works committee. Thanks so much for joining us senator. Republicans say they president inviting could be getting easy bipartisan win. If his bill focused on more traditional infrastructure like prepares for roads and bridges for water an electric systems as well as efforts like expanding broadband. All those issues could have wide support so is this bill would you say too broad and and could that jeopardizing getting through the process. Well Lindsay is going to be with you and we'll see exactly or all its response. I hear what they're saying. Let's see how they deliver in our committee's standing committee I served one we have a long tradition of auto parts operational. Infrastructure bill. Dillon look our highways and bridges and transit systems are mortar systems. But the president suggesting is desperately needed America as the strongest economy in the world. But our infrastructure is our problem competitively look at the global scene. So yes we do have to replace separations you're referring to and I can mentioned several bridges of Maryland that need to be replaced now. And we have to get that on but we also repeat need to remain it and remove the lead from our pipes that are damaging our children when we need to have brought them a nation why so every only. And I have access to high speed Internet. At a reasonable cost we had to make sure our children borders safe schools these are all part of an infrastructure package and I think the president's absolute right. To be bold and let's see how far we can work what Republicans let's work together let's get the job done. But it sound like some critics are saying infrastructure is one thing but as we just heard Mary Bruce's report the plan includes 400 billion dollars to expand home care services and support for chair workers. That may be a laudable goal. But is that more of us social programs and infrastructure insure that being part of a bill that's being pitches as being focused on infrastructure. Whatever structure clearly includes the bricks and mortar to modernize America but we also need to invest our people who were going to be competitive so I don't think the president's priorities are the right priorities. But I I know the president's well and I can tell you this senator is one sit down through all the got some let's try to work out. I will point out that the president's initiative. Is very popular among people in this country more than eighty Democrats Republicans earned its so let's work together. And has come up with a package that we can support let's talk about how we're gonna finance it I'm willing to talk would Republicans as to what revenue sources say they go right. I agree we got a patent for at least a good part of this program bastard way to do it no barb Morrison. So of course there is a divide on how to pay for the president said yesterday he's open to compromise including on the level of the corporate tax rate. Is raising it to 28% as propose a non starter in an even if it can't get support from some moderate. Democrats should that come down as part of the negotiations. Lindsay I'm looking forward to negotiating with Republicans but we're not fiduciary. Guess ourselves let's see what revenue sources they wanna suggest we want to make sure that the end of the day. We have a progressive tax structure we know that middle income lower income families are in desperate need of help all we help them with the American rescue plan we want to. I help them again was the American jobs plan so let's look at revenue sources that do not penalize the middle class. Let's see how we can work together but why does revenue sources of their traditional art transportation revenue sources to get what got there sings we go get. And I haven't the Republicans will join us mad upper. And Lesley president Biden announced several executive actions on guns today but of course any substantial gun legislation will need to come. From congress when when you stated that will be a priority isn't there anything that you can see right now getting clear bipartisan support. What is priority and I do expect we're going to be taking up these bills of organized state senate. I can tell you that he your form background check something that is support I think by 90%. People in this country odd unintended by the majority of Republicans. Problem we should be able to get that film to the finish line. You know I support reasonable gun safety legislation and I hope we can do something new to response to the gun violence in America. Senator barrel cardinal appreciate your time thanks so much for coming on the show going to be with you thanks.

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