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House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said at a virtual Axios event Friday that raising taxes is "not what infrastructure is about" and that any infrastructure plan he would support would not require tax hikes.

Why it matters: Republicans have criticized President Biden's multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure package as needlessly expensive, arguing it would only hurt Americans in the current economy.

What he's saying: "Look, if there's any hope that we can work together, it would be on infrastructure," Scalise said. "What [Biden] laid out last night or the night before last was not really infrastructure. He's talking about a lot of things that had very little to do with roads and bridges."

  • Raising taxes would make the U.S. less competitive and hurt Americans who are starting to rebound from the pandemic, Scalise said.
  • "That's not something that's good for the country," he added. "So if there's a plan where we can come together on things that actually make sense to build more roads and bridges and broadband and help our infrastructure without raising taxes, that's something I'm very open to."
  • "I think there's a chance for President Biden to fulfill his promise by working with Republicans, but he's yet to do it," Scalise said.

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Manchin, Collins say infrastructure bill has enough GOP support to pass Senate

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Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) said they believe that the massive infrastructure bill has enough support to pass in the Senate, with Manchin saying the chamber should "finish up" by Thursday.

Why it matters: A bipartisan group of senators, including Manchin and Collins, have been negotiating the deal for months and are cutting it close to their self-imposed deadline for passing the measure before August recess.

Biden's pick to lead major banking regulator drops out

Saule Omarova, nominee for Comptroller of the Currency, at a confirmation hearing on Nov. 18. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

President Biden's pick to head one of the country's most powerful banking regulators is dropping out of consideration for the post, according to a statement from Biden that accepted the withdrawal.

Why it matters: Saule Omarova, nominated to lead the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, faced a tough path to confirmation — with opposition from Republicans and moderate Democrats.

Judge temporarily blocks Biden vaccine mandate for federal contractors

President Biden delivers remarks at the White House on Dec. 6 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Chip Somodevilla via Getty Images

A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked President Biden's vaccine mandate for federal contractors nationwide.

Why it matters: It's the latest setback in the Biden administration's rollout of COVID vaccine requirements. Federal judges in two states temporarily barred the administration from enforcing mandates for millions of workers last week.