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Sat May 22, 2021, 07:18 PM

Bipartisan Senate surface transportation draft proposes $304B for highways

Source: Politico

A Senate committee released a bipartisan draft Saturday of a $303.5 billion highway, road and bridge bill — the type of traditional transportation package that Congress is likely to pass in some form in the coming year, despite Republicans’ rejection of President Joe Biden’s latest big infrastructure proposal.

The bill that the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unveiled would replace an existing surface transportation law that is due to expire in September, making it as close to must-pass as legislation ever gets on Capitol Hill. It is, by necessity, far more limited in scope than Biden’s plan, which would total nearly $2 trillion and include spending on needs such as waterways, aviation, broadband, clean water, the power grid, health care and the environment.

Still, the committee’s proposal could become a cornerstone of the Senate’s eventual response to Biden’s larger American Jobs Plan — and achieving a bipartisan agreement on even this piece is a milestone.

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Committee Chair Tom Carper (D-Del.) released the Saturday’s highway draft along with Capito, Transportation Subcommittee Chair Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Transportation Subcommittee ranking member Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.). The committee said it will mark up the bill on Wednesday.




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Because the Republicans keep moving the goal posts back

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Sat May 22, 2021, 07:56 PM

1. The Republicans will whittle this down until it's totally inadequate for the need, and then...

when it comes to a vote, they won't vote for it.
It's part of their plan to delay and reject any bill the Democrats put up.
There is no point in talking to them at all.

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Sat May 22, 2021, 08:08 PM

2. Make It Matching

You need to put up state money to get federal funding. Red states that don't want to pay don't get any funds. After a certain amount of time, make any leftovers available to any state that wants more. I'd encourage this to go down to the county level because I expect some Red states to get money generated by their urban/suburban areas and divert it to rural road projects.

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Sat May 22, 2021, 08:20 PM

3. Wingers just want to kinda fix stuff...


They could care less if bridges collapse...

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