The so-called bipartisan infrastructure bill (pictured here) is a 2,700-page monstrosity set to bankrupt America as the Biden administration further urges trillions in spending during his first year in office.
A total of 17 GOP Senators agreed to the bipartisan deal before the text of the bill had been released. Yet there was a bill in the works all along. The text had been in draft mode for some time, including a various incentives for those involved.
The bill even gives anti-Trump Republican, Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, a large payout toward an Alaska highway. Murkowski, if you remember, voted to impeach Trump, and block Brett Kavanaugh from the Supreme Court. Was this payback for her anti-Trump, anti-GOP efforts one wonders?
The bigger question is what does Biden’s trillion-dollar infrastructure bill mean for you and me? In many cases, absolutely nothing. Depending where you live, you may see some federal funding for a road or bridge, but most of the bill seems to focus on political give and take deals for those seeking reelection.
The entire process has become infuriating for many Americans who see the process as a waste of taxpayer time and money. We elect representatives to support efforts that help the American people. It increasingly seems like the efforts benefit American politicians.
I’m sure somewhere in the final version will be a big chunk of cash for “climate justice” efforts or electric cars. Why? Payback for funding the last election and preparation for the midterms.
But if Biden was really concerned about America’s infrastructure, he sure hasn’t shown it. During his first week in office, he canceled construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline and Trump’s border wall. These two important pieces of infrastructure could have helped America in very real ways, yet Biden ended thousands of jobs through the stroke of a pen.
Now it’s being reported that the government is paying up to $2 billion for companies to watch the border wall materials to make sure they are safe.
Congress is currently on recess, but is expected back later in August to move forward on the legislation. When it does, it will be interesting to see what, if anything, happens. It looks like the current $1.2 trillion bill will be a go, as numerous Republicans have had hands in its development.
The next question will be whether this bill will push forward the $3.5 trillion reconciliation infrastructure bill. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said she would not bring the infrastructure bill to a vote without the other.
If so, those 17 GOP members did a lot of work for nothing. In fact, that’s exactly what former President Donald Trump said in a recent statement.
Trump argued Senate Republicans should not negotiate at all until they have power in the Senate. The Art of the Deal author may be right on this one. It’s not even worth making a bipartisan effort if Pelosi plans a bait and switch strategy in the House.