Guest: Democrats push Green New Deal and other liberal policies across the House | Mississippi Politics and News
3rd District congressman denounces unnecessary spending.
Congressman Michael Guest (MS-03) voted against the Democratic majority’s $ 715 billion package to re-authorize surface transportation and water and sanitation programs.
The bill excluded nearly all of the Republican alternative proposals in the STARTER 2.0 Act, including those that would close the funding gaps between rural and urban transport, give local governments more flexibility to meet the unique needs of their state or state. their region and streamline costs review processes to reduce bureaucratic delays. The law was passed 221-201.
“This legislation includes over $ 715 billion in unnecessary spending. One in two dollars will go to the demands of the Green New Deal. Funding for passenger rail transport to major cities has increased eightfold in this bill, sacrificing our rural roads and bridges for expensive urban projects, ”Guest said in a speech to the House. “The electric charging station subsidy program in this bill would receive four times as much funding as a rural subsidy program and take money away from states that do not comply, even in states like Mississippi,” which has less than a thousand electric vehicles. This bill is bad for our economy, it is bad for our rural states, and without significant change this bill is bad for America.
The bill would allow these costly and unnecessary programs for five years and is largely aimed at pushing a large section of progressive Democrats to Green New Deal, who received bipartisan recoil.
In addition to the concerns expressed by the congressman on the ground, he also voiced his concerns about the bill’s inability to deal with the project’s delays, the exclusion of any provision to pay the massive price of the bill. bill, the inclusion of the “art as infrastructure” provision, and a top-down approach that ties the hands of states to meet their own infrastructure needs.
As a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Guest proposed or supported various amendments in the committee process to address these issues, but many of those efforts were not included in the final bill.