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Gary Bauer's Take on the Infrastructure Bill 8/2/2021 -
Big, Bad Bill
The bipartisan infrastructure bill was finally made public over the weekend, but only after it was leaked to Breitbart News. It's 2,700 pages long. It is humanly impossible for any U.S. senator to read the entire bill before the expected vote this week. I don't have to remind you what that has meant over the years in terms of surprises that are buried deep in these legislative monstrosities.
Of course, any Republican senator who supported this "deal" has a reason to promote the good parts of the bill while downplaying anything the Democrats want or that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris want.
Here's an obvious example of the games being played: The bill has a "Buy American" provision to benefit American workers, which makes perfect sense since this is being paid for with taxpayer money.
That allows Republicans to say, "We're supporting the America First agenda." It allows Democrats to say to union workers, "See, we care about the working man, too."
There's just one little problem: After directing the projects to go to American firms first, it has three exceptions that Joe Biden could drive an 18-wheeler through, if he could drive an 18-wheeler, which he says he did.
If there are insufficient materials for any particular project, then additional materials can be purchased overseas. Well, why wouldn't there be enough American-made products? Because in recent years, under administrations of both parties, 60,000 American factories were shut down and sent to places like communist China.
Another loophole says that if American-made products aren't satisfactory, they can be purchased overseas. Many politicians say it, but I actually believe that given a level playing field, American workers will produce better quality products than any Chinese "serf." But "quality" is a subjective standard that can be easily abused.
Finally, if buying American significantly increases the costs, the provision can be ignored. Well, supporting an American family costs more than a slave in the Xinjiang province, so "Buying American" will raise costs. Then build fewer projects if that's what we have to do to ensure they are built by American workers and supplied with American products.
By the way, several commentators have pointed out that Donald Trump wanted an infrastructure bill. He repeatedly went to Capitol Hill to make the case for it. But the Democrats made it clear that they would not provide a vote for any major legislation because they didn't want him to have any legislative victories.
And guess who else was squeamish about it? Just a dozen or so establishment Republicans (here and here) who are now working with the Biden Administration to pass a massive infrastructure bill. You can't make this stuff up.
Here are the Republican senators who voted to open the spending spigot:
Roy Blunt (R-MO)
Richard Burr (R-NC)
Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)
Bill Cassidy (R-LA)
Susan Collins (R-ME)
Kevin Cramer (R-ND)
Mike Crapo (R-ID)
Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
John Hoeven (R-ND)
Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Rob Portman (R-OH)
Jim Risch (R-ID)
Mitt Romney (R-UT)
Thom Tillis (R-NC)
Todd Young (R-IN)