President Joe Biden’s “infrastructure” plan hit a roadblock Wednesday after U. S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D‑WV) disputed the scope and cost of the sweeping measure.
Manchin, a key vote in the 50–50 Senate, told West Virginia reporters, “I would hope to see Democrats and Republicans agreeing on infrastructure – infrastructure by itself.”
He added, “It won’t be the $2.3 trillion, that I can tell you.”
The declaration came as Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and other administration leaders attempt to redefine “infrastructure” to include just about everything — beyond simply roads, bridges, and railways.
“To me, infrastructure is the foundation that makes it possible for Americans to thrive. And that includes things like roads and bridges, but it also includes things like pipes,” Buttigieg recently told Grist.
“If you can’t count on a glass of clean, safe drinking water, you’re not free. And you’re not able to live a life of your choosing,” he said.