House Democrats, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), have faced plenty of criticism from those across the aisle that they aim to push through a progressive wish list instead of legislating with the input of Republicans.
That familiar refrain repeated this week when both President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) crushed Pelosi and Dems’ latest $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill, as The Hill reported.
For their part, Democrats have heralded the proposed legislation as a necessary step toward a greener future, as Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) explained in his defense of the provisions that would strictly regulate the fossil-fuel industry.
“We are going to deal with the largest source of carbon pollution in the United States of America here and now, today, this week,” the House Transportation Committee chairman said, according to The Hill. “We’re starting.”
DeFazio added that the infrastructure bill would focus on securing the jobs of the future for Americans.
“These aren’t just construction jobs,” he said, according to the New York Post. “They’re design, they’re engineering, they’re small business, they’re manufacturing. There’s a host of people, everybody will be touched by this bill, and the investments will provide returns many, many times over.”
Republicans, however, took a decidedly different stance on both the language of the bill and the manner in which it was drafted.
“Not really an infrastructure bill”
“It’s not really an infrastructure bill at all,” Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), a ranking member on the Transportation Committee, said, according to The Hill.
Graves described the legislation as “a climate bill that doesn’t even attempt to include consensus solutions to these issues, but instead bludgeons our transportation system, industries, and workers into submission,” The Hill reported.
Although the proposal received enough support in the Democratic-led House to pass with a vote of 233-188, McConnell made it clear that he will prevent it from going any further.
“Naturally, this nonsense is not going anywhere in the Senate,” he said Wednesday, according to The Hill.
Even if it were to pass in the GOP-led chamber, President Donald Trump has already signaled his disapproval, saying the bill is “full of wasteful ‘Green New Deal’ initiatives.” Pelosi and the Democrats can try as they might to push through their agenda, but as long as Republicans are in control of the Senate and White House, her bills are sure to continue meeting similar fates.