The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed in the United States Senate on Tuesday morning with a vote of 69-30. The $1.2 trillion spending package is a bipartisan alternative to President Joe Biden’s initial $2.7 trillion American Jobs Plan, and 19 Republicans in the Senate, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, voted in favor of it.
The infrastructure bill does contain several hundred billion dollars worth of funding for the nation’s decaying roads, bridges, and railways, but it also contains frivolous regulations on pet projects of the American bureaucracy, leverages additional taxes on the American people, and pushes policies that undermine national sovereignty.
Politicians, primarily Democrats, at the national level have redefined ‘infrastructure’ as anything that serves as a means to an end. Naturally, anything that serves the agenda of the uniparty is to be considered related to infrastructure and find its way into the bill. The bill’s focus is remaking American society along ideological lines, not supporting the American people.
Big news, folks: The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal has officially passed the Senate. I hope Congress will send it to my desk as soon as possible so we can continue our work of building back better.
— President Biden (@POTUS) August 10, 2021
Senator Josh Hawley argued that the infrastructure bill is “radical” and doesn’t properly prioritize American interests.
“There is stuff like bridges and highways in Canada in this bill. We ought to be building highways and bridges in the United States, not in foreign countries.” Hawley said, “This is the Biden far-left agenda, spending trillions of dollars to remake our society and to remake it in the image of the woke left.”
The legislation stipulates on page 1,066 that “to ensure the prevention of alcohol-impaired driving fatalities, advanced drunk and impaired driving prevention technology must be standard equipment in all new passenger motor vehicles.” The government is attempting to mandate the inclusion of breathalyzers in every new car purchased in America.
Every year, thousands of people die due to drunk driving-related incidents. That is undoubtedly tragic but is its inclusion in the infrastructure bill a matter of repairing and upgrading America’s interstate highway system or the product of extensive lobbying? The “prevention technology” the infrastructure bill is pushing won’t begin appearing in vehicles until 2026 at the earliest and is often ineffective at preventing impaired individuals from driving.
The infrastructure bill includes a new tax on cryptocurrency and a pilot program for taxing Americans per mile traveled, as well.
The bill says on page 2,434 that “any person who (for consideration) is responsible for regularly providing any service effectuating transfers of digital assets on behalf of another person” is to report information about cryptocurrency transactions and file taxes as brokers on these assets.
Senator Pat Toomey from Pennsylvania said, “By including an overly broad definition of broker, the current provision sweeps in non-financial intermediaries like miners, network validators, and other service providers.” He continued, “Moreover, these individuals never take control of a consumer’s assets and don’t even have the personal-identifying information needed to file a 1099 with the IRS.”
This doesn’t relate to infrastructure in any meaningful way beyond providing additional revenue sources for the government.
The “National motor vehicle per-mile user fee pilot” in Title III Sec. 13002 of the bill, found on page 508, will be a tax that “is applied to road users operating motor vehicles on the surface transportation system; and is based on the number of vehicle miles traveled by an individual road user.”
Per the bill, the pilot program is to be initiated on a “volunteer” basis. The per-mile user fee is intended to finance the infrastructure bill’s $118 billion Highway Trust Fund bailout.
Now that the infrastructure bill has passed the Senate, it is headed for the House of Representatives. The progressive wing of the Congressional Democrats has expressed interest in killing the bill if they don’t receive funding for additional social welfare spending.
Rep. @AOC on the bipartisan infrastructure deal: "If there is not a reconciliation bill in the House and if the Senate does not pass a reconciliation bill, we will uphold our end of the bargain and not pass the bipartisan bill until we get all of these investments in." #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/eDMXo6g8ZT
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) August 1, 2021
Previously, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made clear that the House would not take up the infrastructure bill unless the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package containing the social safety net spending was attached.
Democrats in the United States Senate are pushing through the multi-trillion-dollar reconciliation package to ensure their coalition can secure a sizable policy win before the 2022 midterm elections.
Despite the sticker price on the reconciliation package being $3.5 trillion, reports estimate its final price as being over $5 trillion.
The reconciliation package contains amnesty measures for millions of illegal immigrants, granting them an expedited pathway to citizenship.