Hot Mic Captures How Democrats Plan to Pass Expected $2 TRILLION Infrastructure Bill
Landover, MD – A hot mic moment during a public event featuring Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg revealed how Senate Democrats plan to pass an expected $2 trillion infrastructure spending bill.
On Monday, Sec. Buttigieg toured a UPS distribution center in Maryland as part of an event to promote the work being done by transportation and logistics professionals to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine to millions of Americans.
Among those who joined Mr. Buttigieg were Meera Joshi, acting administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, along with Maryland Democratic Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen.
After delivering his remarks to the assembled media, Sec. Buttigieg took questions.
He was asked directly about the Biden Administration’s upcoming infrastructure proposal expected to be in the neighborhood of $2 trillion.
“We’ve got a clock on everything we’re doing especially because the present surface [transportation] reauthorization is up in September,” Mr. Buttigieg said. “We’re not waiting until September to act. Conversations are taking place right now. It’s fair to say that in short order you will be seeing more.”
The rollout of President Biden’s infrastructure plan was expected to come in March, but will likely now be in April, according to multiple Capitol Hill media reports.
President Biden and the Democratically-controlled U.S. Senate and House of Representatives just approved a massive $1.9 trillion piece of legislation touted as the “American Rescue Plan.”
The bill was heavily criticized by Republicans because much of the spending was not directly tied to COVID-relief.
Democrats in the House, only needing a simple majority, easily approved the measure.
However, Democrats in the Senate passed the legislation by using a budgeting procedural tool called “reconciliation.”
Reconciliation requires only a simple 51 vote majority instead of the 60 vote filibuster-proof majority that is usually required to win passage.
Hot Mic Reveals Democrats’ Plan on Infrastructure
Following the short Q&A, Sec. Buttigieg briefly spoke to Sens. Cardin and Van Hollen.
During his exchange with Sen. Cardin, the long-time Senate Democrat inadvertently spilled the beans to a live C-SPAN audience.
“I think it’s going to be a building process,” Mr. Cardin said of the Democrats’ plan to pass the upcoming infrastructure bill. “You’ll see some actions by some of the committees. They’ll do certain parts of it, but ultimately it’s going to be put together similar to how the Rescue Plan was put together. It’s got to be [because] at the end of the day we’re mostly likely going to have to use reconciliation. The Republicans will be with you to a point and then…”
Buttigieg interrupted Sen. Cardin and suggested they move along before he could dish out any more information.
Click HERE to see the ‘hot mic’ clip courtesy of C-Span.
Last week, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) pledged to move the Biden infrastructure plan quickly through the House.
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At a presser on March 14, Speaker Pelosi indicated she hoped the package would garner “bipartisanship,” but signaled she expects Republicans to oppose the plan because a Democrat is in the White House.
“Building roads and bridges and water supply systems and the rest has always been bipartisan, except when they oppose it with a Democratic president, as they did under President Obama, and we had to shrink the package,” said Pelosi.
TransportationNation.com will track the latest developments closely.