Biden’s meeting with congressional leaders suffers setback as Republicans oppose tax hikes across the board

The Biden administration was struggling to negotiate with Congress to approve a $2.25 trillion infrastructure case and a $1.8 trillion American Family Plan on Wednesday (12) when Biden suffered a setback after nearly two hours of discussions with congressional leaders.

Biden said Wednesday that their (Republican) opposition to any tax increases has dealt a blow to Democratic plans to spend trillions of dollars on infrastructure and family programs.

Despite disagreements on size, scope and funding proposals, Republican leaders from both parties said they were willing to work with (Biden) the president on the infrastructure plan, but were unwilling to compromise on tax increases.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Wednesday, “Republicans are not interested in overturning 2017 tax reform, and we’ve all made that clear to President (Biden), and that’s our bottom line.”

U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Wednesday, “You’re not going to find any Republicans who are going to raise taxes. I think that’s the worst thing that could happen in this economy…Rising gas prices are one of the reasons not to support a tax increase.”

U.S. House President Nancy Pelosi said, “I’m more optimistic after the White House meeting.”

House Majority Leader Democratic Democrat Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday that the Biden administration will not wait long if we think a deal is not possible.