August 10, 2021
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today 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.”