Compromise is often not seen in U.S. Senate, unless of course it is to needlessly waste taxpayer money. This was proven to be true when 19 Republican Senators voted with the Democratic majority to pass the ‘Endless Frontier Act’, who became championed by GOP Senator Todd Young and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. The bill’s purpose is to increase competition with China by formulating a domestic semiconductor investment, with funding coming out at around $110 billion dollars for science and technology dedicated to the National Science Foundation.
The problem is, though, the act does not even signify how it is going to fund its own investments into the research, which is concerning for Senators who voted against the bill, such as Senators Rand Paul and Mike Lee.
Lee remarked that “The bill before us attempts not to double down on our successes, but to pivot to the so-called “successes” of China by federally hijacking research and development, and crowding out the private incentives that bring successful ideas to the market.”
Senator Paul was close to Sen. Lee’s thinking, saying, “I don’t think this bill makes us stronger. In fact, I think the Chinese sit back and laugh at America thinking we’re going to be stronger by borrowing more money from China… I think it just makes us weaker.”
Both Lee and Paul make sufficient points about the act when you look at the financial implications for the bill.
For funding to continue working, the bill would have to be recommitted every single year. The bill’s endeavors seem to be concentrated on motivations that derive away from the bill’s intention to curtail Chinese competition with the U.S.
The act’s own co-sponsor, Sen. Young, commented that the act may be redirecting too many funds to ‘parochial’ interests in the Department of Energy that would be getting nearly 17 billion in funding.
Still, 19 Republican senators opted to vote for an act that is unsure of how it will even be funded.
These GOP Senators included: Blunt (R-MO), Capito (R-WV), Collins (R-ME), Cornyn (R-TX), Crapo (R-ID), Daines (R-MT), Graham (R-SC), Grassley (R-IA), McConnell (R-KY), Murkowski (R-AL), Portman (R-OH), Risch (R-ID), Romney (R-UT), Rounds (R-SD), Sasse (R-NE), Sullivan (R-AK), Wicker (R-MS), and Young (R-IN).
How is this conservative? How is this responsible? It remains possible that the United States could punish Chinese interests in a more efficient matter rather than needlessly spending and throwing money around at a foundation that hardly knows where the funding they are going to receive is going to come from, or where to specifically invest it to ensure the bill’s motivations will be accomplished.
Yet, the first proposal that a few fiscally poor Republicans like Senators Todd Young & Ben Sasse collaborate with Chuck Schumer to get proposal passed as easy as any bipartisan bill this session goes by without hardly any news coverage, criticism, or question.
This is yet another pitiful example of the U.S. Senate not caring to research about where needlessly billions upon billions of dollars are even going to affect the American taxpayer, let alone how it is even going to aid U.S. citizens.
The bill had nearly 600 amendments proposed by a number of Republican legislators, yet Schumer shut down the debate before the provisions could even be considered.
So, let’s get this straight: Schumer and a few irresponsible Republican Senators propose a bill that makes investments that are so ambiguous and broad that even the Senate is unsure of where the $52 billion funding to make the bill come to fruition is even going to come from, nearly 600 amendments that are proposed to the act are shut down by the Democratic Majority Leader, and the bill still passes?
How does any of this bill or how it got passed so quickly honestly make sense?
American citizens should be familiar with Senate Democrats being fiscally irresponsible, but Republicans should be outraged that 38% of their Senate conference opted to vote for an act that is ambiguous and unfurnished.
Kenny Cody is a 24-year-old conservative writer and activist from Northeast Tennessee. In addition to his work as a conservative writer and activist, Cody also serves as an English teacher for Cosby Elementary School. Read Kenny Cody's Reports — More Here.
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