Not even a week has passed since the passage of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan,” but that hasn’t prevented House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) from pushing forward with the next big legislative proposal of a multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure bill.
Pelosi issued a statement on the heels of the passing of the COVID-19 relief package, insisting that Democrats “build on the historic Biden American Rescue Plan” and immediately push forward with a massive American infrastructure bill that was repeatedly touted by Biden on the campaign trail, according to Fox News.
In other words, while Democrats control all three bodies of the U.S. government, they’re seemingly dead-set on cramming through as much legislation as they can before Republicans have a chance to retake one or both chambers of Congress in 2022.
“Big, bold and transformational”
Pelosi wasted zero time hyping up her caucus about the proposed infrastructure bill, which she touted in a way that makes it sounds like it’ll be the saving grace of the American economy moving forward while failing to provide much detail concerning the astronomical cost of such an endeavor.
“Congress must work swiftly to build on the historic Biden American Rescue Plan. Our recovery plan must Build Back Better For The People in every zip code by creating good-paying jobs for the future,” the Speaker said.
“To that end, I have called upon the Chairs of the Committees of Jurisdiction to work with their Republican counterparts to craft a big, bold and transformational infrastructure package,” she added.
Reportedly, Pelosi will meet with the heads of various House committees as soon as Thursday to begin crafting the bill, which is expected to come with an eye-popping price tag.
In her statement, Pelosi carefully attempts to sell the enormous bill proposal as a job-creation machine, given that the bill would require massive overhauls of American infrastructure, which would obviously require tens of thousands of workers to complete.
Adding to that sales pitch, the Speaker also said that the bill would “address other critical needs in energy and broadband, education and housing, water systems and other priorities.”
She went on to profess her hopes that such a bill would be crafted in a bipartisan nature, as members of both parties — including former President Donald Trump — have expressed interest in a long-needed infrastructure plan.
But her dreams of a bipartisan effort could encounter a number of hurdles, including a large group of Republicans who are still reeling from the price tag of Biden’s COVID-19 relief plan. Even moderate Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) warned that the increased spending could result in “a tremendous deep recession that could lead into a depression if we’re not careful.”
America certainly needs an overhaul of a majority of the sectors that make up the country’s infrastructure, but attempts to pass such a lofty bill will boil down to how much money the two parties are willing to spend and how much of it will actually go toward the primary objective of the bill.