/Republican Study group calls $1T infrastructure deal a ‘Trojan horse’ for Democrats
Republican Study group calls $1T infrastructure deal a ‘Trojan horse’ for Democrats

Republican Study group calls $1T infrastructure deal a ‘Trojan horse’ for Democrats


Republican Study group calls $1T infrastructure deal a ‘Trojan horse’ for Democrats

New York Post

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 talking points against the bipartisan agreement announced Sunday night.
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No. 1 cites an analysis by the conservative Club for Growth, which found that only $110 billion are earmarked for roads, bridges and other construction projects “that the American people generally consider ‘infrastructure.'”
Banks’ memo calls the bill a “Trojan horse” intended to help sneak what he called a “radical” agenda of President Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi through Congress, citing the California Democrat’s recent vow that tied its fate to that of the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation plan being pushed by congressional Democrats.
“I won’t put it on the floor until we have the rest of the initiative,” Pelosi told ABC’s “This Week” on July 25.
Under the reconciliation process, certain measures regarding revenues, spending and the debt can be approved with a 51-vote threshold, which is why Democrats are pursuing it. The process allows them to bypass a near-certain filibuster from Republicans and pass the spending measures without a single Republican vote.
Banks’ memo says that $66 billion in planned 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 expanding Amtrak while eliminating its accountability to taxpayers.
Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called Sunday night’s agreement by a bipartisan group of 22 senators a “good and important jumping-off point” but said 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 said during a floor speech Monday.
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