ALERT: Democrats Intend to Pass I/C Wipeout Bill As Part of $2.25 Trillion Infrastructure Plan
Washington D.C. – President Joe Biden’s newly unveiled $2.25 trillion infrastructure plan includes a highly controversial bill many trucking stakeholders warn will wipe out tens of thousands of owner-operators.
On Wednesday, President Biden rolled out his sweeping plan to rebuild America’s infrastructure touted as the “American Jobs Plan.”
The proposal includes $650 billion for physical infrastructure such as roads, bridges, interstates, highways, airports, waterways, and rail.
However, it is also filled with much more than what Americans have commonly understood to be infrastructure-related projects.
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Included in the plan is the controversial Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act many trucking groups say will destroy the industry’s leased owner-operator model.
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“President Biden is calling on Congress to ensure all workers have a free and fair choice to join a union by passing the PRO Act, and guarantee union and bargaining rights for public service workers,” the White House said in a Fact Sheet.
The Democratically-controlled U.S. House of Representatives passed the PRO Act last month largely along party lines.
The bill is now in the Senate where it faces a tougher challenge as typically 60 votes are needed to approve such legislation.
However, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has already said Democrats are prepared to pass President’s Biden’s infrastructure plan through a procedural budgeting tool known as “reconciliation” which only requires 51 votes to approve a measure.
It’s unclear if the PRO Act will passed by reconciliation, as it is not strictly a budgetary measure, but it appears the Democrats are going to attempt to do so.
A judgement on that will be made by the Senate parliamentarian, whose role is to advise the presiding officer on questions of parliamentary law and matters of procedure.
The American Jobs Plan also includes provisions that would effectively gut right-to-work protections in 27 states and ease restrictions against worker strikes.
Trucking groups vocal in their opposition to the PRO Act include: the American Trucking Associations, Truckload Carriers Association, Owner Operator Independent Driver’s Association, Small Business in Transportation Coalition, and Transportation Intermediaries Association.
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