Several progressive groups will spend $100 million on touting the president’s infrastructure package in coming weeks.
More than 1,000 actions are planned, including television and digital ads that aim to win votes from legislators to approve the $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill. The advertising blitz is also hoped to convince Americans about the progressive programs’s popularity.
Joe Biden’s top representatives have scheduled a high number of trips to congressional headquarters to approve both the infrastructure and so-called human infrastructure bills.
Although the U.S. Senate already voted in favor of the infrastructure bill, both bills will still be open for debate with further votes expected after a congressional recess.
“We are going to use the August recess to build on (support for the president’s plan) by launching a massive push in every corner of the country,” White House spokesman Mike Gwin said according to ABC News.
Several top Biden administration officials will participate in the ad campaign. They include 14 Cabinet secretaries, Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff. They will travel to at least 26 cities in 13 states as part of the campaign, according to the White House.
Biden is only expected to join towards the end of the campaign. For now, he is widely expected to retire to his home in Delaware.
Federally funded infrastructure projects remain a controversial topic for several Republican senators. GOP Sens. Rick Scott (Florida) and Ted Cruz (Texas) criticize the soaring cost to taxpayers and refuse to support the bill.
Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) condemned Biden’s plan. She revealed very little will actually be spent on infrastructure, and described the package as a “Trojan horse for the radical left.”
“Not even 6 percent of President Joe Biden’s massive $2 trillion ‘infrastructure’ bill would be used to build roads and bridges,” she said in a statement. “Biden’s plan includes the largest tax hike in nearly three decades but, of course, coastal elites will have their taxes slashed.”
Blackburn is concerned the package could even lead to industrial relations disputes.
“It will strip Americans of their right to work by forcing them to join Democrat-backed unions,” she said.
The Mercatus Center revealed the Democrats’s infrastructure plan includes more environmental protection measures. However, the plan could unwittingly create more pollution through pushing economic activity overseas to poorer countries that have weaker regulations.
“Higher income taxes, on top of the many costly labor and environmental mandates in the bill, would also raise production costs in the United States,” senior researcher Veronique de Rugy said according to Reason. “That would shift production of many products to other countries that have more competitive tax rates and lower production costs—but also, oftentimes, questionable environmental standards.”