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President Biden addressed Republican opposition to his $2 trillion infrastructure plan on Friday, saying in a speech from the White House: "Compromise is inevitable. Changes to my plan are certain. But inaction is not an option."

Why it matters: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has vowed to fight against Biden's American Jobs Plan "every step of the way," telling reporters this week that the bill "is not going to get support from our side."

The state of play: The plan is widely expected to be passed through budget reconciliation, which would allow the Senate to bypass the usual 60-vote legislative filibuster.

  • But that still means all 50 Democrats in the Senate will need to support the measure, including moderate Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).
  • And some moderate Democrats in the House have already come out against the bill because it does not reinstate the state and local tax deduction, meaning the final package likely needs to change in order to pass.

What they're saying: Biden addressed Friday morning's jobs report showing that the U.S. economy added an eye-popping 916,000 jobs in March, celebrating the progress but stressing that "the fight is far from over"

  • He highlighted the potential for more job creation from the infrastructure proposal, citing a report that says 75% of jobs will be for people who have no more than a high school diploma and some non-degreed training.
  • "It's a blue-collar blueprint for increasing opportunity for people. This is an economic opportunity for those that helped build the country and have been ignored or neglected for much too long by our government," he added.

What to watch: The White House says they'd like to see movement on the bill by Memorial Day.

The big picture: This is the first of two infrastructure packages Biden is expected to roll out. While this one focuses on more traditional infrastructure issues like transportation, the second package is expected to be more of a catchall for the president's priorities.

Go deeper

Inside Republicans' battle plan on infrastructure

Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Republicans' criticism of President Biden's infrastructure package isn't just about its cost, but also the definition of "infrastructure."

The big picture: Top Republicans aides tell Axios they learned their lesson after failing to successfully define Biden's coronavirus relief package. This time around, they'll try to convince voters the infrastructure legislation is more of a wishlist for progressives than a "roads-and-bridges" measure.

How Biden is selling his infrastructure plan to Democrats

President Biden in Pittsburgh / Photo by Jim Watson / AFP

White House senior adviser Anita Dunn is making the case that Democrats can't lose by rallying around President Biden's infrastructure plan because its individual components poll even higher than the $1.9 trillion COVID stimulus passed last month.

Driving the news: "Key components of President Biden’s American Jobs Plan are overwhelmingly popular — among a bipartisan and broad coalition," Dunn wrote in a memo to "interested parties" obtained by Axios around Biden's rollout of the first of two infrastructure spending packages.

Scoop: Biden doesn't plan to revive SALT deduction, possibly losing key moderates

President Biden. Photo: Darrian Traynor / Getty Images

President Biden is unlikely to propose reinstating state and local tax deductions in his second tax-and-spending package despite pressure from several fellow Democrats, according to people with direct knowledge of the planning.

Why it matters: That stance could complicate his goals of passing a multitrillion-dollar infrastructure proposal.