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(The Center Square) – As President Joe Biden promotes his several trillion dollars in proposed federal spending, Republicans and small businesses are raising the alarm, arguing the taxes needed to pay for those spending plans are a threat to the economy.

The House Ways and Means Committee met Thursday to discuss infrastructure development and in particular the impact of proposed tax increases to pay for it. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, the ranking member on the committee, argued that only 7% of Biden’s proposed infrastructure bill goes to infrastructure and that raising taxes would incentivize employers to take jobs overseas.

“As bad as the wasteful spending is, worse yet, it’s poisoned with crippling tax increases that sabotage America’s jobs recovery, hurts working families and Main Street businesses, and drives U.S. jobs overseas,” Brady said. “We cannot fund infrastructure on the backs of American workers.”

These arguments will likely remain key Republican talking points as Biden's infrastructure bill gets more scrutiny in Congress. Biden has proposed two major spending plans, the American Families Plan and the American Jobs Plan, his roughly $2 trillion infrastructure bill.

The president has proposed funding his infrastructure package by raising the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28%, hiking taxes on those making more than $400,000 annually, and increasing the capital-gains tax rate for those making more than $1 million per year. These proposed taxes would take effect in 2022, according to Biden’s plan.

Small businesses have also expressed fear that Biden’s tax law will hit them hard, despite messaging from the White House arguing the tax increases will only affect the wealthiest Americans.

“Biden claims his spending plan makes large corporations pay their ‘fair share,’” Americans for Tax Reform said in a statement. “However, the plan will raise taxes on many small businesses that are structured as corporations.”

About 16% of small employers are classified as c-corporations, according to ATR.

“Biden’s corporate income tax rate hike from 21 percent to 28 percent targets one million small businesses across the country organized as corporations,” the group said.

These concerns come amid federal data showing a post-COVID economic recovery is uncertain. Despite optimism that widespread vaccinations would lead to a rapid economic rebound, federal inflation and employment data has suggested otherwise.

The latest data from the Bureau of Labor statistics reports that federal unemployment spiked to 6.1% in April after the economy added only 266,000 new jobs, far short of the one million new jobs predicted by economists. In addition, new filers for unemployment are still double what they were at the same time in 2019, before the pandemic.

Democrats have argued the taxes will hit only wealthier Americans and be used to help America’s infrastructure.

“The gradual decline in our federal infrastructure investment has resulted in an alarming number of crumbling roads and bridges and an undersupply of affordable low-income housing and community-based investments,” House Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass, said. “ In addition, structural inequities within our tax code are exacerbating these infrastructure deficiencies within historically marginalized communities.”

Republicans in both the House and Senate, though, have dug in their heels.

“President Biden's plan to raise taxes would hit Americans at all income levels and slow the economy down to a crawl,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said. “It won't earn a single Republican vote. We're going to fight it the whole way.”

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The Republican party has turned into a lying, shameful disgrace to this country. No-neck McConnel has the absolute gall to lie and say all Americans will see higher taxes, when the plan clearly taxes only the rich--and it is about time they paid their fair share. The median per capita income in Louisiana is $28,662---I don't want to hear those making over $400,000 complaining that their taxes were raised, THEY CAN AFFORD IT. And their capital gains is only raised if they make more than 1 million a year? That's way too high. It should raised if they make more than $500,000 and they should thank their lucky stars that the tax rate for capital gains is WAY BELOW the the normal tax rate for income. They have NOTHING to complain about, NOTHING! And corporate income tax is going up? The top 35 companies IN America last year PAID NO INCOME TAX AT ALL. And that grotesque McConnell has the gall to lie to us and say "every American is going to see their taxes raised." No, Mitch, we can read thank-you very much. We see that the rich are going to pay, and they should, they own all the wealth in this country and that has been documented time and time again. Don't cry for them folks, they're still going to have more money than you'll ever see in your entire lifetime working on Earth. Those people don't dig ditches or pick-up tips or work two jobs to pay the rent on a leaky trailer--don't cry for them, they've been ripping off this country AND YOU long enough. Oh, that Congressman Brady from Texas, "We cannot fund infra-structure on the backs of workers." Someone wake him up and tell him he's absolutely correct---we're funding it on the backs of the rich----and if they don't like it, they can move to Mexico. So, Mr. "It won't earn a single Republican vote! McConnel---the Dems already have the votes to pass it so you and your pack of Republican liars might as well take the day of the vote off and party with Matt Gaetz and his under-aged girlfriends by the pool. This change in tax structure is a done deal and lie and flop your arms in front of TV cameras all you want., it won't do any good. America finally sees through you and your pack of lies. Go back to your pond and find a nice lily pad and croak. America is sick of you.

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