Transcript for $2 trillion infrastructure plan faces resistance on Capitol Hill
president Biden defending his $2 trillion infrastructure plan and his plan to raise the corporate tax rate to pay for it. He says the projects across this country will create millions of jobs, rebuilding roads and bridges, bringing internet access to all of America, small towns in rural America. And tonight here, some of the bridges due to be fixed and what we're hearing on the ground. Our senior white house correspondent Mary Bruce traveling to Kentucky. Reporter: With his $2 trillion infrastructure plan facing resistance from Republicans on capitol hill, president Biden today with a blunt warning to the GOP. Saying he's open to compromise, but not inaction. We'll be open to good ideas and good faith negotiations, but here's what we won't be open to. We will not be open to doing nothing. Inaction simply is not an option. Reporter: The president pushing back against critics who say his plan is far too sweeping. But to automatically say that the only thing that's infra structure is a highway, a bridge, that's just not rational. Reporter: The presidents calling for $100 billion to expand broadband internet to 100% of the country, small towns and rural America. And $45 billion to replace every lead pipe. Moves, he says, that will create millions of jobs. Also $115 billion to fix 20,000 miles of roads. And more than 10,000 bridges badly in need of repair. Bridges like the skuter falls bridge in Pennsylvania, or this bridge in Louisiana and the scrumabling Brent Spence bridge over the Ohio river. Over 50 years old, it is crucial to commerce across this country. So, we are now one of the more than 160,000 vehicles that cross this bridge every single day. The thing is, it's only designed to handle half that amount. In the shadow of the bridge, Brad slavo helping to run a concrete business. But the bridge in constant disrepair ends up costing everyone. If it takes twice as long to get to a project, that means either half the service or twice the amount of equipment and drivers to supply. Reporter: This old bridge is costing you time and money. Right. Reporter: The bridge runs from Ohio to Kentucky, the home state of Republican leader Mitch Mcconnell. Even he wants the bridge fixed, but not Biden's way. This package that they've laid out at the beginning styled infrastructure is a Trojan horse for massive tax increases and a whole lot of more debt and a whole lot of spending. Reporter: Tonight, the president defending his plan to increase the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28%, which would still be lower than under the Obama and bush administration. And tonight, Amazon CEO Jeff bezos says he's for the corporate tax increase. All right, so, let's get to Mary Bruce, live in Kentucky and Mary, the Biden administration, I would guess, clearly hoping people on the ground like that business owner you just spoke with there, are going to eventually help drive the politics on this in Washington, but that's a tough hill to climb. Reporter: Well, David, the white house has been quick to note that these kinds of investments are supported by voters in both parties. That businessman today telling me that Washington should do whatever it takes, saying he's willing to see some taxes go up if it means they can finally fix this bridge. Mary Bruce with just one of those bridges over her shoulder tonight. Mary, thank you.
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