It’s time to look at what is inside the proposal President Handsome Joe Biden is announcing today. Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie has a handy bullet list:
The proposal calls for:
-$621 billion towards transportation infrastructure and resilience (roads, ports, transit), including $174 billion for the investment in vehicle electrification
-$400 billion for elder and disabled care
-$300 billion for manufacturing
-$213 billion to develop and preserve “more than two million affordable and sustainable places to live”
-$111 billion for clean drinking water infrastructure
-$100 billion for broadband
-$100 billion for improving electric grid systems
…and they include a sweetener for the most powerful man in the Senate these days, Joe Manchin: “It involves abandoned mine remediation, which may help get coal state senators like Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on board…” because this is our world now.
If Dems want to get this proposal passed, it will more than likely have to be moved under the reconciliation process. And already, how the bill should be shaped is being pulled in various different ways.
I cannot imagine 10 Senate GQPers rushing to do anything to benefit their constituents even though the residents of Possum Hollar no doubt would benefit from these things. You’d think broadband into rural America so they could better plot their next insurrection would be appealing, and I hear —on good authority— that clean drinking water is needed for the still out back.
Expect lots of talk about paying for it, and then lotsa demand to not have the plutocrats chip in their fair share. The whole thing will make-or-break on who/how this is financed, and not on whether it should be done.
Again, this is our world now.