The debate surrounding President Joe Biden’s massive two-part “infrastructure” package will heat up again when the House returns from its summer recess.
The bipartisan part of the plan, which passed with 19 Republican votes in the Senate, awaits the House, which is expected to begin dealing with the package by taking up the second bill. This $3.5 trillion spending proposal is not likely to receive any Republican support.
PJ Media reports that the American Petroleum Institute and other energy producers have expressed alarm about some of the fine print that has been gleaned from the provisions of the $3.5 trillion bill. The proposal includes enormous spending on programs that appear to have no connection to infrastructure and contains provisions designed to harm domestic energy production.
The legislation attacks production on federal land previously leased to U.S. companies. Biden once stopped production on many federal leases by executive order. Several states successfully challenged that action in federal court, and the administration is now promoting the same cancellations by Congressional action.
The API has written to its members detailing some of the bill’s worst provisions. The bill will increase the minimum bid for federal leases by five-fold. Lease terms will be cut in half, and a new collection of fees and royalty restrictions are being introduced.
The proposal will terminate existing leases in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico while increasing pipeline transportation costs and fees. The pipeline provisions harm infrastructure by restricting the safest and most environmentally sound way of transporting energy raw materials and refined products.
The $3.5 trillion bills would effectively enact most of the radical and regressive Green New Deal proposed by radical progressives and leftists inside the Democratic Party. The bill does nothing to restrict demand for energy while it does cripple supply and existing environmental benefits secured from modern production and transportation methods.
If enacted, the package will drive the U.S. back to foreign suppliers, who manipulate supply and use more harmful production methods to the global environment.
Democrats cannot afford to lose even one vote in the Senate to pass the package through budget reconciliation procedures. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has drawn much attention by saying that the bill includes too much spending for him to support it. He is sure to remain at the center of the spotlight as the bill moves forward.