This $2.2 trillion infrastructure bill isn’t really about fixing roads

HARRISBURG – With lawmakers taking a hard look at Biden’s proposed $2.2 trillion infrastructure bill, it’s interesting how different the Democrats and Republicans see the legislation.

Legislation that has $400 billion earmarked for home care services instead of repairing roads, bridges and airports – actual infrastructure. 

Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican Senator from West Virginia, and the liaison to the White House on this infrastructure plan made the rounds on the talk shows recently and had this to say:

“What I think you have to do is look at the president’s plan at $2.2 trillion has a lot of social infrastructure, human infrastructure and other things that I don’t think if you ask somebody on the street here in West Virginia, what does infrastructure mean to you? It doesn’t meet that definition. I’ve talked to a lot of my colleagues and certainly constantly talking with White House and others and I just feel like there’s a real desire and will for us to work together on something we’ve traditionally worked together on through many, many years.”

Indeed, the Republicans are saying they would approve a $600 billion bill that would go toward infrastructure.

On the other hand, Pennsylvania’s own Senator Bob Casey had this to say:

“We have a great opportunity here not only to invest in physical infrastructure, but to invest in the ways that families function. The corporate tax break…I agree with. That alone, that one change alone, gives you about $740 billion.”

Attorney Clint Barkdoll, Pat Ryan and Michele Jansen talked infrastructure on First News this morning.

Ryan said, “I saw someone saying this goes to the roads that haven’t been taken care of for so very long and we all shake our heads saying, you screw us on taxes, you say it’s going to roads and then you don’t fix it and now we’ve got to borrow 2, 3, 4 trillion dollars for not only infrastructure on roads, but the family infrastructure, which is just asinine.”

Barkdoll added, “You look at Pennsylvania, one of the highest gas taxes, if not the highest in the nation, earmarked to road improvements. I don’t think we’ve seen a lot of benefits from that over the last few years.”

After meeting with the president, Capito seemed encouraged.

Barkdoll said, “The point is it sounds like there’s some horse trading going on and that the Republicans are on board with some degree of infrastructure. We still don’t know what it’s going to look like, though.”