Democrats’ infrastructure deal bad for Alabama – Atmore News
This past weekend, as we celebrated Independence Day, many of you probably traveled to visit friends and family, or maybe even spent a day relaxing at the beach. If you have traveled a distance, short or long, you have probably noticed that we have significant infrastructure needs as our region continues to grow and tourist traffic increases.
As a former County Commissioner, I know firsthand how important it is to continually invest in real infrastructure – things like roads, bridges, airports, ports and waterways, and in especially rural broadband. Sadly, Democrats’ misplaced infrastructure priorities were fully exposed last week as they passed their “My Way or the Highway” bill. I voted no on this bill because it has very little to do with infrastructure and had no money for infrastructure projects in southern Alabama.
This legislation is bad business for Southern Alabama and for the entire nation. He creates 41 new government programs, allocates half of the money to Green New Deal mandates, gives the green light to use federal transportation money for non-functioning art or landscape, channels even more our taxes toward a failed California bullet train project. , and remove bipartisan measures to prevent billions of tax dollars from being wasted on bureaucracy.
Worse yet, the deal provides $ 4 billion for the deployment of electric vehicle (EV) charging, which will mainly go to the Chinese government. Ironically, China is the world’s worst producer of emissions, and the Chinese-controlled EV mineral chain is well known for using child and slave labor. Republicans proposed an amendment to ensure that none of our taxes go to support these practices, but Democrats immediately rejected it.
These policies and priorities obviously favor large cities in liberal states like New York and California, while leaving smaller, more rural states like Alabama in the dust. At the bottom of this legislation is a terrible provision that prohibits states from building new roads or bridges until they first focus on what the federal government defines as good repair projects. The last thing we need in Alabama is for the federal government to tell us what local projects we’re allowed to spend our money on.
Keeping up with population and economic growth is critical to southern Alabama’s future, and we desperately need funding for projects like increased rural broadband access and a new bridge over the Mobile River. Southern Alabama is a great place to live, work, and raise a family, but we have real needs. Despite all the nonsense in Washington, I remain focused and determined to fight for increased funding for real infrastructure projects in Southern Alabama.