Rep. Mace Slams Partisan Highway Bill
July 1, 2021
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Nancy Mace (SC-01) released the following statement on Thursday after voting against the partisan "My Way or the Highway" bill:
“We desperately need an infrastructure package that can pass both chambers in Congress. House Republicans bent over backwards to work across the aisle on a bipartisan bill to fund our nation’s highways, but we were not met in the middle. Unfortunately, this bill is now dead on arrival in the Senate. Just two weeks ago, Senate Republicans came together with Democrats to unanimously advance a bipartisan highway bill. The House could have done the same, but Speaker Nancy Pelosi wanted it her way.
"Instead of targeted funding to rebuild our crumbling roads, bridges, and railways, Pelosi rammed through nearly $548 billion in new spending which has almost nothing to do with infrastructure. Instead of using this money to fill potholes, this bill:
- Spends $274 billion on Green New Deal Mandates
- Sends $4 billion to the Chinese government to build batteries that can be made in the U.S.
- Redefines 'art' and sculptures as 'infrastructure'
- Increases funding by 850% for useless projects like Pelosi's 'Train to Nowhere'
- Bans states from using what little is left to actually build new roads and bridges
- Gives urban areas a lopsided share of funding dedicated to filling potholes when we have some of the most dangerous rural roads in the nation
- Favors union bosses over small business owners
“South Carolina desperately needs funding to repair more of our outdated and unsafe roads, but this bill is filled with costly, unrelated projects. I'm determined to pass a real, bipartisan highway bill, not an exercise in partisan pandering."
To read the bill, click HERE.
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