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US Dem Senator Gillibrand Mocked Online For Offering Variations on Infrastructure

Last week, US President Joe Biden rolled out a $2 trillion infrastructure plan for the nation, particularly requesting a corporate tax increase from 21% to 28% – an initiative that has drawn mixed reaction.

Democratic US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand received a storm of ridicule after tweeted on Wednesday that paid leave, childcare and caregiving should be considered as “infrastructure”.

Her tweet came amid struggles of the Biden administration to pass the president’s bill on infrastructure rebuilding in the US, designating over $2 trillion to pump up the “strongest, most resilient, innovative economy in the world”. Some supporters of the debated plan have cast doubt on Gillibrand’s move to label child care and paid leave as “infrastructure”.

Some accused Gillibrand of trying to redefine the term “infrastructure”, that typically means “basic physical and organizational structures and facilities”, to fit into a narrative her political party seeks to promote.