Joe Biden held a meeting on Tuesday at the White House with members of the Congressional Black Caucus to discuss a variety of issues, including how he will allocate money to black communities.
After struggling to read from his notecard and mumbling for several minutes, Biden had enough and told the reporters in the room that it was time to leave.
A reporter asked Biden, “Changing the way that African-Americans interact with police in this country during the Biden era, what can you deliver on, sir?”
Biden responded: “A lot, and I’ll tell ya later, let’s go!”
While speaking to reporters on Monday afternoon at the White House, Biden delivered a word salad while pitching his nearly $2.3 trillion infrastructure plans.
“Taking care of elderly parents and kids with disabilities so people can go to work is investing in infrastructure,” Biden said.
He added: “Chips like the one I have here, these chips, these wafers, are batteries, broadband — it’s all infrastructure.”
It’s unclear what he’s actually talking about.
Biden has said that he wants to be an uniter, but before he starts attempting to unite Republicans and Democrats, he should work on uniting his own party.
Biden wants to pass a $2 trillion infrastructure plan but critics of the plan say that not everything in it has to do with traditional infrastructure and many believe that raising the corporate tax rate to 28 percent is a non-starter. Among them is Democrat West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, CNN reported.
“As the bill exists today, it needs to be changed,” he said to West Virginia Metro News host Hoppy Kercheval in an interview when he was asked about Biden’s infrastructure plan.
Manchin said he is against raising the current 21% corporate tax rate — which was put in place by the 2017 tax overhaul under the Trump administration — to 28% as called for in the bill and instead supports a middle ground 25% rate, which he called “fair.”
The West Virginia senator said he would use the “leverage” he has in the 50-50 Senate to demand changes before voting to take up the bill, which has been introduced but expected to go through weeks or months of negotiations before being debated on the floor.
Manchin flexed his muscle in the interview, saying that if he does not vote for the bill it is not getting done.
“If I don’t vote to get on it, it’s not going anywhere. So we’re going to have some leverage here. And it’s more than just me, Hoppy. There are six or seven other Democrats who feel very strongly about this. We have to be competitive and we’re not going to throw caution to the wind,” the senator said, but he did not say who the other Democrats are.
The senator wants to work with Republicans on the infrastructure bill and have it be bipartisan.
“We have to have our Republican friends work with us too,” he said. “They just can’t be against everything thinking this going to be political posturing we are going to take for the 2022 elections.
Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’ said that Republicans back infrastructure but not new taxes to pay for it.
But White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki argued that businesses can handle the 7 percent tax raise.