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Marc Short at the White House in March 2020. (Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Top GOP operatives have formed a group to fight President Biden's plans to raise taxes to pay for his expected $3 trillion-plus infrastructure package.

Why it matters: The Coalition to Protect American Workers is the first major conservative group formed exclusively to block Biden's tax agenda. Its leaders include Marc Short, who was former Vice President Pence's chief of staff.

How it works: The group plans to spend at least $25 million on TV and digital ads and organizing, a person familiar with the plans told Axios. It will target members of Congress considering backing Biden's plans, including moderate and vulnerable House Democrats in swing districts.

  • The source also said the group may target Republican members who may be tempted to vote for the tax increases to fund Biden's massive infrastructure bill.
  • It's a 501(c)(4), which means it will be able to keep its donors anonymous.
  • Biden's plans include raising taxes on corporations, capital gains and people earning more than $400,000.

Behind the scenes: The group includes some of the same people who formed Trade Works for America — a group that pushed members of Congress to support President Trump's signature trade deal, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the source added.

  • In a statement, Short trumpeted the Trump administration's tax cuts and the economic growth before the pandemic and predicted that, if enacted, tax increases would kill jobs and "stifle our economy as the country is finally emerging from a pandemic."

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Scoop: Moderate Democrats buck Biden tax hikes

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President Biden's plan to pay for his coming infrastructure package with big tax hikes already is meeting some resistance from moderate Democrats, a stumbling block for his progressive ambitions.

Why it matters: If this discomfort turns to outright opposition in the House and Senate, Biden will face a complicated path to cover more than $3 trillion he is expected to seek, in multiple proposals, for infrastructure as well as social welfare.

Mar 28, 2021 - Energy & Environment

Progressives try to sell climate spending with jobs pitch

John Podesta. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Progressives are trying to sell President Biden's infrastructure initiative with new cable TV ads arguing clean energy projects will immediately create thousands of jobs.

Why it matters: White House press secretary Jen Psaki suggested Sunday that Biden will split his potential $3 trillion package in two — investments in infrastructure, followed by billions more for the “caregiving economy.” The first political fight may be over what qualifies as infrastructure.

Off the Rails

Trump turns on Pence

Photo illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios. Photos: Elijah Nouvelage, Alex Wong/Getty Images

"The end is coming, Donald."

The male voice in the TV ad boomed through the White House residence during "Fox & Friends" commercial breaks. Over and over and over. "The end is coming, Donald. ... On Jan. 6, Mike Pence will put the nail in your political coffin."