Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday an infrastructure bill set to pass in the House won’t be taken up by the Senate, The Hill reports.
The House is scheduled to vote Wednesday on the Moving Forward Act, a $1.5 trillion green infrastructure plan that would repair roads and bridges and set aside money for broadband, schools and hospitals. The bill would also require states to lessen their impact on the environment by reducing greenhouse gases and implementing other green measures before they are eligible to receive money.
"So naturally this nonsense is not going anywhere in the Senate. It will just join the list of absurd House proposals that were only drawn up to show fealty to the radical left," the Republican from Kentucky said from the Senate floor.
President Donald Trump already said he would veto the House bill. The Senate passed its own infrastructure plan in committee.
McConnell slammed the House proposal, calling it a "thousand-page cousin of the Green New Deal, masquerading as a highway bill."
"This so-called infrastructure bill would siphon billions in funding from actual infrastructure to follow into climate change policies," he said.
Last month, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the bill would put pressure on McConnell.
“As you know, the Grim Reaper said nothing is ever going any place in the Senate,” Pelosi said of McConnell. “But there is tremendous interest in the country in building the infrastructure.”
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