Deep Dive (June 28): Romney Pushes for Infrastructure Plan With No Tax Hikes

Tiffany Meier
By Tiffany Meier
June 28, 2021Deep Dive

Rescue efforts for survivors at the collapsed Florida condo enter the fifth day. At least nine people are dead and more than 150 others still missing. Florida’s fire marshal says it’s the largest rescue effort the state has ever undergone that isn’t related to a natural disaster. And questions are mounting over what caused the collapse. Miami’s mayor ordered an audit over the weekend of all buildings 40 years old and above.

The massive infrastructure package is back on track, after a lot of outrage last week after President Joe Biden appeared to say he would only sign the $1.2 trillion infrastructure deal in exchange for passage of his American Families Plan—a multi-trillion dollar deal that’s only backed by Democrats. Biden clarified his stance, saying that his comments made it seem like he was going to veto the plan that he just agreed to. But he said that was not his intent. The two sides of the aisle are working to get the plan through. Senator Mitt Romney says he is taking the president at his word that he will not veto the infrastructure bill. And he says he’ll support a bill that fixes infrastructure, but not one that increases taxes to do so.

Lots of states are working on what counts as voting rights. The attorney general of Texas says his office has over 500 voting fraud cases that are waiting to go to court, as Democrats try desperately to block a Texas election security bill. Meanwhile, the Justice Department filed a lawsuit on Friday, challenging Georgia’s new voting law. This comes after Republicans blocked the Democrats’ voting rights bill in the Senate earlier last week. And Vermont gets the go-ahead for noncitizens to vote in local elections in two cities.

Tune into Deep Dive as we explore these topics and more.

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