House Democrats passed a major $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill yesterday, but Republicans aren’t very happy about it.
The Moving Forward Act passed by a 233-188 vote, and it’s designed to help particularly poor areas, healthcare facilities, and public utilities.
However, GOP representatives say the bill holds a lot more than just money for affordable housing and impoverished schools.
Republicans are accusing Democrats of slipping in other things — all of which will evidently cost billions to fund.
They say it focuses too heavily on climate change and other common Democrat talking points. In fact, they’re calling it a “Green New Deal Regime.”
Said Missouri Rep. Sam Graves, via Fox News:
Instead of seeking bipartisan solutions, this bill adds $1.5 trillion to the nation’s debt and disguises a heavy-handed and unworkable Green New Deal regime of new requirements as an ‘infrastructure bill.’
Graves added that the bill is nothing more than a “partisan wish list,” and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) calls it “pure fantasy.”
But Transportation Committee Chairman Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) disagrees.
He claims the Moving Forward Act is a “transformational investment” that will ultimately create “millions of jobs.”
DeFazio and other Democrats may face an uphill battle, though. Because at this point, it doesn’t appear that Republicans will let the bill pass in the Senate.
Only three Republicans (Pennsylvania’s Brian Fitzpatrick and New Jersey Reps. Jeff Van Drew and Chris Smith) voted for the bill, while only two Democrats (Collin Peterson of Minnesota and Ben McAdams of Utah) voted against it.
Right now, the bill stands on thin ice.
The White House has already threatened to veto the bill, no matter what happens next. They say it “disproportionately benefits America’s urban areas.”
But will the two sides eventually agree in an infrastructure bill? Because most leaders in the country believe America needs one. And soon.
- House Democrats just passed a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill, called the Moving Forward Act.
- Republicans have fired back, calling it a “bipartisan wish list” and “pure fantasy.
- They claim the bill holds too many Democrat agenda items, such as climate change. They used the term, “Green New Deal Regime.”
Source: Fox News