A team of 19 Senate Republicans, USA Today reported, agreed to advance a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill in a so-called “bipartisan” move with Democrats that many believe could hurt America for years to come.
While some familiar Democrat-friendly Senate Republicans were included in the list, like Sens. Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), others, such as Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) surprised many in the party by voting in favor of advancing the bill.
Many are concerned with the possibility of hyperinflation that will follow the bill’s passage. In addition, only a small percentage of the bill actually focuses on traditional infrastructure.
Opposing GOP voices
In a statement, Sens. Rick Scott (R-FL), Mike Lee (R-UT), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Mike Braun (R-IN) said they could not vote to advance the bill.
They wrote, “Congress can’t keep spending trillions of dollars we don’t have. The infrastructure package announced today continues the trend in Congress of insane deficit spending.”
The GOP senators added: “Let’s not forget, this is just the first step in the Democrats’ plan to pass their $5.5 trillion tax and spend liberal wish list. Our nation is facing a nearly $30 TRILLION federal debt crisis. There are real infrastructure needs across the country. But, with growing inflation and many families struggling to financially recover from the events of the last year, it is not wise to throw fuel on the fire that is the raging inflation crisis and labor shortage we are seeing across America.
“Needless to say, we will not support this legislation.”
I voted no on #infrastructure a week ago because there was no legislative text.
My mind hasn’t changed. There’s still no legislative text or explanation on how to pay for a $1T infrastructure plan.
— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) July 28, 2021
Adding to the debacle is the question of whether or not House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will hold the bill “hostage,” as Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-TN) suggested she’ll do in order to ensure that a second, $3.5 trillion Democratic wish-list budget bill is passed alongside it.
“She said she will not take up the $1.2 trillion so-called bipartisan package until she gets the $3.5 trillion package on her desk. They are linked. They’re going to bring them up together, and the far-left wing of her party believes that doesn’t even go far enough,” Hagerty said.
The Tennessee Republican went on to add that passing such a bill will vastly expand the centralization of power and give the U.S. government more control.
“[The two bills] put more and more government control in play. They make America far more dependent on government, far more control over every aspect of society and our economy. This is pushing us immediately toward a Western European-style socialism [with] less opportunity, less prosperity, and a lot more misery,” Hagerty warned.