Senate Passes $1.2T ‘Infrastructure’ Bill With Only $110B For Roads and Bridges
Washington D.C. – The United States Senate has passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill with only $110 billion allocated for roads and bridges and $0 to address the truck parking shortage.
On Tuesday, in a vote of 69-30, the Senate approved the 2,700-page legislation which calls for roughly $555 billion in new federal spending.
Among the long list of spending initiatives, the bill specifically dedicates $39 billion for transit, $11 billion for “transportation safety programs,” $66 billion for rail, $7.5 billion to build electric vehicle charging stations, $5 billion for zero/low emissions buses, $17 billion for ports, $25 billion for airports, and $65 billion for broadband.
Only $110 billion will be dedicated to actually repairing America’s crumbling roads and bridges.
The bill also includes controversial provisions such as: mandating newly manufactured heavy-duty commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) be equipped with an automatic emergency braking (AEB) system, an apprenticeship program paving the way for truckers as young as 18 years of age to operate cross-country, and commissioning a national vehicle-miles-traveled (VMT) pilot program including for commercial truckers.
Additionally, the bill calls for forming a task force to study and combat predatory lease-purchase programs.
What it does not include, however, is funding to address a nationwide shortage in parking for truckers.
Adding to America’s Debt
While the Biden Administration and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) vowed the legislation would be completely paid for and not add to America’s $28 trillion (and growing) national debt, a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report found it will actually increase the deficit by $256 billion over ten years.
Immediately following the bill’s passage, Leader Schumer said Democrats are now moving full speed ahead to pass a $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill packed with domestic spending priorities ranging from universal pre-K for 3- and 4-year-olds; child care; tuition-free community college; housing programs; electrifying the federal vehicle fleet; and amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants.
Leader Schumer has stated he expects the massive budget reconciliation bill — which only needs 50 votes — to also pass in the coming days.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has vowed she will not move forward on the Senate’s infrastructure bill until the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation measure is also approved by the Senate.
TransportationNation.com will continue to follow it closely.