New Infrastructure Bill Packed With 'Nonsense'

Written By BlabberBuzz | Wednesday, 11 August 2021 22:45

Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) slammed the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill as dense of “stupid stuff” Monday night, hours before the bill was passed.

Kennedy told Fox News's “The Ingraham Angle” that he was inclined to vote “yes” on the package until he got a copy of the 2,700-page measure.

“I realized pretty quickly that if you look up ‘stupid stuff’ in the dictionary, there’s a picture of this bill,” said Kennedy. “They told us it was a real infrastructure bill. It’s not; only 23 percent of the bill is real infrastructure, the rest is Green New Deal and welfare. They told us the bill was paid for; it isn’t, we’re gonna have to borrow maybe up to $400 billion to pay for it. They told us there were no tax increases. There are; my state’s gonna have to pay $1.3 billion in new taxes on our petrochemical industry.

“They told us … the Democrats were really wary of this bill and that if we passed this bill, it would make it harder for them to pass their $5 trillion tax and spending binge reconciliation bill,” Kennedy added. “Well, if that’s true, how come every Democrat voted for this infrastructure bill? And finally, they told us that it’s not going to add to inflation, but it will.”

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Despite the arguments of Kennedy and other Republican senators, the bill passed Tuesday morning and delivered it to the House. The Senate passed the massive $3.5 trillion spending bill late Tuesday

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After an original base start last month, the $1 trillion bill has cleared every test vote with no fewer than 66 votes, arranging the stage for a simple majority vote to ensure final passage.

“I don’t know why it passed with 60-plus votes,” Kennedy told host Laura Ingraham, before adding: “I don’t know, day drinking, maybe?” At the heart of the bill is a proposal to spend $550 billion on roads, bridges, broadband internet, water pipes and other public works systems. Resistance among conservative Republicans stiffened last week after the Congressional Budget Office predicted it would add $256 billion to the federal shortage over the next ten years.

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Republican members of the bipartisan Senate negotiating team, which included Kennedy’s fellow Louisianan Bill Cassidy, explained that the CBO projection, or “score,” failed to take into account certain revenue streams — including future economic growth.

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