McConnell says Biden called him to discuss infrastructure proposal

"This is not going to be apparently an infrastructure package," the Kentucky Republican said. "It's like a Trojan horse."
Sen. Mitch McConnell on March 24, 2021

March 31, 2021 3:17pm

Updated: March 31, 2021 4:15pm

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said early Wednesday that President Biden has contacted him to discuss an infrastructure proposal.

The president is slated to announce his roughly $2 trillion proposal in Pittsburgh later in the day.

"He called me about it yesterday," McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, about his conversation with Biden, according to The Hill.

McConnell indicated that he was "not likely" to back the final bill if it increases taxes or deficit spending, even if it contains money for infrastructure projects in his home state.

The veteran lawmaker, who has served more than three decades in the Senate, said the proposal contains "not only significantly more borrowing but raising taxes on the most productive parts of our economy," and he noted that the nation's legislature was not in a "very bipartisan period."

"This is not going to be apparently an infrastructure package. It's like a Trojan horse. So it's called infrastructure but inside the Trojan horse is going to be more borrowed money and massive tax increases," McConnell said.