WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) voted against the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Bill, H.R. 3684, after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has delayed the bill for months, leveraging the nation's roads, bridges and broadband for a second bill - Biden's so called "Build Back Better" bill - that is designed to pay for Washington Democrats' extreme socialist agenda.
"We desperately need improvements to our infrastructure, especially in rural Kentucky, but the truth is that less than half of new spending in this bill goes toward real infrastructure projects, and this legislation is being used to coerce more Members to vote for a far more destructive spending binge that puts our country on a fast-track toward socialism," said Congressman Rogers. "There is a better way to serve the American people. We not only need to repair our nation's infrastructure, we need to repair the deficit of trust that continues to grow with socialist schemes like this."
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates the bill only offsets costs by $180 billion, creating a roughly $400 billion shortfall.
The legislation also fails to reform the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) permitting process, despite the fact that the 6-year average delays on major projects cost our economy $3.7 trillion.
House Democrats advanced the bill with a nearly party-line vote and it now moves on to the President for his signature.
To learn more about Congressman Rogers work in Kentucky and on Capitol Hill, visit https://halrogers.house.gov.