Beyond including over 20 thousand total miles of repaired roads and bridges, the plan includes necessary changes to combat the climate crisis, such as incentivizing the use of electric cars, updating public housing to be carbon efficient, and allocating for further studies on the effects of the climate crisis.
The plan also promises to eliminate the use of lead pipes in the United States, while providing high-speed broadband internet access to every American.
Similar to their misgivings with the American Rescue Plan, Republicans have railed against the infrastructure package, claiming it's not about "traditional" infrastructure at all—but a Democratic wish list.
Biden has countered this by saying the plan is necessary and by encouraging Americans to reimagine what they think of as infrastructure.
Two hundred years ago trains weren’t “traditional” infrastructure either — until America made the choice to lay the tracks.— President Biden (@President Biden)1617836402.0
But Republicans still aren't all aboard.
GOP Senator Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee posted a thread of graphics intended to slam Biden for spending too much on supposedly unrelated avenues.
In addition to decrying the billions invested in combatting the climate crisis, Blackburn also slammed the infrastructure plan for allocating $400 billion to elder care.
In her attempt to rebuke the plan on Twitter, Blackburn just ended up making it look good—and invited trolling from the Democratic party's official Twitter account.
.@POTUS’s jobs plan makes needed investments in caregiving—giving seniors and people with disabilities the care the… https://t.co/1IHSKR8818— The Democrats (@The Democrats)1617832895.0
Great thread. I'm failing to see the issue here though https://t.co/KQPuy333zp— Nate Gipson (@Nate Gipson)1617854838.0
Thank you Sen. Marsha Blackburn for your great graphics about the #AmericanJobsPlan. I know many Americans support… https://t.co/ed7Db3ZQQ3— Ted Lieu (@Ted Lieu)1617840702.0
This is the best promotional thread for the infrastructure bill I’ve seen all day! https://t.co/ccAOkQM9t6— The True American (@The True American)1617849493.0
One thing I've been worried about is that the Biden team is cramming so much popular stuff into its bills that it m… https://t.co/6QXtpL5qRf— Matthew Gertz (@Matthew Gertz)1617830562.0
this stuff is amazing thank u senator blackburn for highlighting these great initiatives https://t.co/EhB6jLLKZS— darth™ (@darth™)1617840416.0
Once again thank you @POTUS 🥰👍🏻 https://t.co/UskrVXzkz3— 🌜Kimberly🌛 (@🌜Kimberly🌛)1617839992.0
People were especially amazed Blackburn slammed the funding of elder care.
You can see the problem with the message "this bill is awful because it dedicates $400 billion to elder care". https://t.co/agptf7uvdU— #DebForInterior (@#DebForInterior)1617828980.0
Republicans in 2010: Obama’s health care plan will kill your grandparents Republicans in 2021: Biden’s jobs plan w… https://t.co/TsTMWOpiyt— Jon Favreau (@Jon Favreau)1617830111.0
What dose Marsha Blackburn and the rest of the GOP have against senior citizens? https://t.co/W1hly7Yqpm— Chris Hahn (@Chris Hahn)1617835743.0
Still blows my mind that Republican electeds don't even pretend to care about their constituents anymore. Hell, you… https://t.co/Q8Gjgb7qS7— Melissa Ryan (@Melissa Ryan)1617829718.0
Earlier this week, Biden revealed an outline to pay for the plan, relying largely on increases in corporate tax rates.