Apr 1, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Thunder on the left: AOC wants $10 trillion over 10 years for infrastructure plan

Signaling turbulence ahead, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Wednesday night that President Biden's $2 trillion+ infrastructure plan should be "way higher."

Why it matters: This package looks to be much harder for the White House than the COVID stimulus. Biden is also being squeezed from the other side by moderate Dems skeptical of some of his proposed tax hikes.

What they're saying: "The vision that President Biden and the administration has laid out ... has surprised a lot of us in a positive way," the congresswoman said.

  • "The scope of it is really encouraging — except, I think, the how. That $2.2 trillion, $2.25 over eight years, I have serious concerns that it's not enough to realize the very inspiring vision that Biden has advanced," she continued.

When asked whether the House should grow the bill before it goes to the Senate, Ocasio-Cortez replied: "Absolutely."

If we could wave a magic wand, and progressives in the House were able to name any number and get it through — which obviously isn't the case, but if we're looking at ideals ... we're talking about, realistically, $10 trillion over 10 years.
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