U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, voted against so-called infrastructure bill, that includes several sections that are unrelated to infrastructure and did not go through committee consideration:
“Instead of working to build a real, substantive infrastructure bill, these sideshow negotiations produced a grab-bag of bad policy decisions that weren’t vetted: adding a quarter of a trillion dollars to the deficit, stacking the deck in favor of electric vehicles and focusing on transit over roads and highways, just to name a few. It didn’t have to be this way.
“Earlier this year, the EPW Committee overwhelmingly approved a highway bill and a drinking water bill that were chock full of provisions I authored and supported. The legislative process was working. But instead of continuing that process that we have used—myself included– for decades to build successful, bipartisan infrastructure bills, the White House cast it aside for a rushed process that sidestepped regular order and opened up the ‘infrastructure’ bill to a host of unrelated and not fully debated positions. Furthermore, top Democrats from President Biden to Nancy Pelosi have been clear that they are holding this legislation hostage as they demand a $3.5 trillion tax and spend spree that will make the inflation too many families in Oklahoma are experiencing worse. I cannot support it.”