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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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President Biden on Wednesday proposed a $2 trillion infrastructure package that could transform America's physical and economic landscape.

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Biden unveils sweeping American Jobs Plan

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President Biden will ask Congress Wednesday to spend $2 trillion on an infrastructure plan over eight years, and pay for it by increasing taxes on corporations for nearly twice as long.

Driving the news: The package, which he will unveil during a speech in Pittsburgh, seeks to fulfill a range of promises he made on the campaign trail to fix the country’s crumbling infrastructure, slow the growing climate crisis and reduce economic inequality.

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Changes to capital gains taxes omitted from Biden's infrastructure plan

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The carried interest loophole is beginning to look immortal.

Driving the news: President Biden today will unveil a $2 trillion infrastructure plan that the White House hopes to pay for via changes to the corporate tax code. But it will not include any changes to individual income taxes, including on capital gains.