Background Briefing: July 28, 2021
What the Senate Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Does and Doesn’t Do
We begin with the Senate bipartisan infrastructure package which now appears ready to pass the filibuster threshold so that it can actually be debated. Joining us to discuss what it does and does not address is Robert Hockett, the Edward Cornell Professor of Law and a Professor of Public Policy at Cornell University who advise Representative Ocasio-Cortez on her economic policy and is the author of Financing the Green New Deal: A Plan of Action and Renewal. We assess the extent to which Republican Senators from rural states have got money for roads while Democrats from urban states have lost funds for public transportation and how the whole package is slanted towards investing in deferred maintenance and past needs as opposed to meeting the challenges of the future such as climate change and the need for clean renewable energy. We also assess the path forward for the $3.5 trillion infrastructure package going through the budget reconciliation process which will require all Democrats abroad including Senators Sinema and Manchin who have balked at raising taxes and switching to alternative energy but might be amenable to other provisions.
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