This new legislation has a hefty price and the Democrats did not lay out a plan on how to pay for it.
The bill also is jam packed with Democrat agendas. Fox News outlined what we know.
House Democrats unveiled a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan Thursday that calls for a huge increase in funding to repair roads and bridges while expanding broadband access in rural areas.
Democrats described the bill as the biggest legislative effort to fight climate change, with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) saying the package would “make real the promise of building infrastructure in a green and resilient way.”
“It’s job-creating in its essence, but it’s also commerce-promoting. So it grows the economy of our country,” she said.
The legislation is the latest attempt to advance an infrastructure package that has been discussed since the early days of the Trump administration but continuously fails to gain traction.
But lawmakers are more optimistic this time around as Congress considers more spending to help stabilize the economy amid fallout from the coronavirus.
The infrastructure bill, known as the Moving Forward Act, includes $25 billion for drinking water, $100 billion for broadband, $70 billion for clean energy projects, $100 billion in funding for public housing and $25 billion for the postal service. But its largest component is a $500 billion Democrat-led bill from the House Transportation Committee that has sparked Republican complaints of exclusion.
Tensions on the Transportation Committee have flared largely over the green measures included in the bill, which factors in climate change before undertaking projects and also requires states to meet certain greenhouse gas emission goals when they receive funding.
“Those who don’t believe in climate change, tough luck. We’re going to deal with it,” Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) said.
“Republicans have been a bit critical at points during the mark up and saying this is Green New Deal 2.0. This is the application of the principles of the Green New Deal. And this proves that we can both deal with climate change, fossil fuel pollution and actually create millions of new high-paying American jobs. That is the promise of this legislation,” he added.
Republicans on the committee have nicknamed the legislation the “my way or the highway bill,” airing frustrations that they were excluded from its crafting.
“We were not given the opportunity to address any of our priorities in this legislation,” Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), the ranking member on the committee, said when the bill was first introduced, arguing it “will leave rural America even further behind, and numerous new green mandates and extreme progressive goals are woven throughout.”
Democrats have yet to outline how they will pay for the bill, but Pelosi said “with the interest rates where they are now there’s never been a better time for us to go big.”