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Biden's Infrastructure Plan Faces GOP Opposition

Infrastructure
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President Joe Biden is setting about convincing America it needs his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan, deputizing a five-member "jobs Cabinet" to help in the effort. But the enormity of his task is clear after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's vowed to oppose the plan "every step of the way." (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

In this episode of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with political scientists Chris Larimer from University of Northern Iowa and Megan Goldberg from Cornell College about the reception that President Biden's $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan is receiving in Congress. GOP leaders, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have pledge to oppose the plan "every step of the way."

They also discuss the announcement that all adults will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine on April 19, the reaction by corporate America to restrictive voting laws in Georgia and efforts to add language to the Iowa Constitution that says it doesn't protect the right to abortion.

Guests:

  • Chris Larimer, professor of political science, University of Northern Iowa
  • Megan Goldberg, assistant professor of American politics, Cornell College
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Katherine Perkins is IPR's Program Director for News and Talk