GOP Study group calls $1T infrastructure deal ‘Trojan horse’ for Dems

The congressional Republican Study Committee on Monday blasted the Senate’s proposed $1 trillion infrastructure bill as a “Trojan horse” for Democratic social spending and “Green New Deal” initiatives.

In a memo titled “Top 10 Infrastructure Package Roadblocks,” the group’s chairman, Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), offered his 154-member conservative caucus a litany of speaking factors in opposition to the bipartisan settlement introduced Sunday night time.

No. 1 cites an evaluation by the conservative Club for Growth, which discovered that solely $110 billion are earmarked for roads, bridges and different development initiatives “that the American people generally consider ‘infrastructure.’”

Banks’ memo calls the invoice a “Trojan horse” meant to assist sneak what he known as a “radical” agenda of President Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi via Congress, citing the California Democrat’s latest vow that tied its fate to that of the $3.5 trillion funds reconciliation plan being pushed by congressional Democrats.

“I won’t put it on the floor until we have the rest of the initiative,” Pelosi informed ABC’s “This Week” on July 25.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi received’t put the infrastructure invoice on the House flooring till they’ve the remainder of the reconciliation plan.
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Under the reconciliation course of, sure measures concerning revenues, spending and the debt will be authorised with a 51-vote threshold, which is why Democrats are pursuing it. The course of permits them to bypass a near-certain filibuster from Republicans and move the spending measures with no single Republican vote.

Banks’ memo says that $66 billion in deliberate spending on passenger and freight rail “builds on the Green New Deal plan to replace air travel with trains” and would “help fulfill [the] vision” of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-The Bronx) by massively increasing Amtrak whereas eliminating its accountability to taxpayers.

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) known as Sunday night time’s settlement by a bipartisan group of twenty-two senators a “good and important jumping-off point” however mentioned Democrats shouldn’t adopt an “artificial timetable” for its passage.

“Senators on both sides expect and deserve opportunities to have a say and to put their own states’ imprints on this major bill,” McConnell mentioned throughout a flooring speech Monday.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell warned in opposition to dashing right into a vote on the infrastructure invoice.
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“Just as infrastructure itself is not a luxury, but a necessity, the same goes for the Senate having a robust and bipartisan amendment process on legislation of this magnitude.”

Last week, McConnell stunned some GOP senators by serving to to advance the measure throughout a procedural vote after having mentioned in May that “stopping” Biden’s administration was “100 percent of my focus.”

Banks — who Pelosi blackballed from the select committee that’s investigating the Jan. 6 assault on the US Capitol — says that the two,702-page invoice “pushes” the liberal “social justice” agenda through the use of the phrase “equity” 64 occasions.

He additionally says the laws would give “woke” regulators the power to determine “where and when broadband expansion occurs,” citing a provision written into that invoice’s “Digital Equity Act of 2021” that bars discrimination based mostly on “gender identity” and which was highlighted on Twitter by the American Principles Project, a conservative political motion committee.

Rep. Jim Banks
Rep. Jim Banks provided a memo of speaking factors in opposition to the bipartisan infrastructure settlement.
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“This should be a deal-breaker for Senate Rs,” the APP tweeted.

The memo mockingly means that the invoice “fixes ‘racism’ in highways” by noting how Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg in April informed the web site “The Grio” that roadways in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC, have been “built at the expense of communities of color.”

“There is racism physically built into some of the highways, and that’s why the jobs plan has specifically committed to reconnect some of the communities that were divided,” Buttigieg said at the time.

Banks additionally says {that a} plan to spend $15 billion on charging stations for electrical automobiles, in addition to electrical buses and different mass transit, overwhelmingly favors individuals who stay in “blue” — or Democratic — cities.

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