Report: Biden’s $2.5T infrastructure plan includes $20B to destroy highways in the name of racial injustice

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WASHINGTON, D.C.- President Joe Biden’s $2.5 trillion infrastructure plan reportedly includes $20 billion to be spent on destroying highways that have been categorized as roadways that have historically divided communities.

The Biden administration pointed to the Claiborne Expressway in New Orleans as well as Interstate 81 in Syracuse, New York as two examples of “long-standing and persistent racial injustice” in infrastructure.

The plan reportedly involves reconnecting neighborhoods, including the one in New Orleans. The plan, which has been dubbed the “American Jobs Plan,” specifically mentions the Claiborne Expressway and how that specific highway divided the community. The outline reads:

“Too often, past transportation investments divided communities, like the Claiborne Expressway in New Orleans or I-81 in Syracuse or left out the people most in need of affordable transportation options.”

A whopping $621 billion has been set aside for “transportation and resilience,” with the administration promising it will address historic inequities. The Biden administration stated:

“Structural racism and persistent economic inequities have undermined opportunity for millions of workers.”

During a Senate confirmation hearing in January, Biden’s Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in a statement:

“At their worst, misguided policies and missed opportunities in transportation can reinforce racial and economic inequality by dividing or isolating neighborhoods and undermining government’s basic role of empowering American to thrive.”

The proposed infrastructure plan has been widely criticized for including non-infrastructure related components and on Thursday, April 1st, Tucker Carlson warned that the Biden administration is “looting America.”

Carlson said that the infrastructure outline is as much about tearing down highways than it is building them. He added:

“Expect a lot more highways to meet this fate. People who believe highways are racist will get tens of billions of dollars as part of this plan, as long as they’re in what the Biden administration calls ‘underserved communities.'”

Carlson continued:

“Is this really about infrastructure? Bridges? Roads? Airports? Things we could actually use? Or is it yet another weird climate scheme/power grab/race-based redistribution plan?”

Despite the vast investment plan, many Democrats are not at all happy with the plan, even stating that it is not enough. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted:

“This is not nearly enough. The important context here is that it’s $2.25T spread out over 10 years. For context, the COVID package was $1.9T for this year *alone* with some provisions lasting 2 years. Needs to be way bigger.”

The $20 billion program, as outlined in the proposal, would:

“Reconnect neighborhoods cut off by historic investments and ensure new projects increase opportunity advance racial equity and environmental justice, and promote affordable access.”

According to reports, in addition to the $20 billion to reconnect urban neighborhoods cut off by these highways, the $2 trillion proposal includes:

$115 billion to repair and rebuild bridges, highways and roads;

$100 billion to expand high-speed broadband across the entire country;

$100 billion to upgrade and build new schools; and

$100 billion to expand and improve power lines and spur a shift to clean energy.

Biden’s just-passed $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan relied entirely on deficit spending. This time, the administration is proposing tax hikes to play for the infrastructure plan. Several of these tax hikes are directed at corporations.

The White House wants to raise corporate taxes to 28 percent, halfway between the current top corporate rate of 21 percent set by former President Donald Trump’s 2017 tax law and the 35 percent rate before it was enacted.

While the bulk of the proposal’s $2 trillion in spending would come in over the coming eight years, the administration says the increased revenue would pay for all the projects over a timespan nearly twice as long, which is nearly 15 years.

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Report: Biden’s pause on U.S. border wall construction is costing taxpayers millions of dollars each day – here’s why

March 24th, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC — In another twist to President Joe Biden’s border crisis, a report has come out that alleges the president’s 60-day pause on border wall construction has cost U.S. taxpayers millions of dollars each day.

In an exclusive report, Breitbart wrote an unnamed senior Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official informed the news outlet that Biden’s halting of the construction of the border wall racked up fees of $6 million each day as the work sites became idle the last two months.

Senior officials within DHS reported being instructed not to speak to national media on various issues the agency is facing at the border. Still, some information about the immigration crisis on the border has been leaked from the leadership team within DHS and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

On Jan. 20, Biden had signed a proclamation temporarily halting any further progress on the border wall so individual contracts could supposedly be evaluated.

There is confusion as to when the pause officially ends. Some news outlets reported March 20 and others have mentioned March 27.

According to Texas Public Radio, the 60-day pause took effect on Jan. 27 and is scheduled to end around March 27.

However, Biden’s proclamation was signed Jan. 20 and stipulated that the review should be completed within 60 days, which was this past weekend.

NBC News reported the White House missed its own 60-day deadline for reviewing construction at the border wall.

It is not clear why the Biden administration could not evaluate contracts while work was simultaneously being done to secure the border. The 60-day time frame was to be used for evaluating each contract to reach a decision to terminate-for-cause or continue.

With the exception of “make-safe” activities at the worksites, construction projects immediately came to a standstill, Breitbart Texas reported.

According to Breitbart’s source, the $6 million daily expenditures are required for materials orders placed before the pause and expenses for the cost of equipment sitting idle. When the issuance of a stop work order causes a contractor to idle equipment, they are entitled to be compensated for rental expenses or costs of ownership, according to the report.

When the 60-day pause ends, it does not mean that an automatic restart of construction will resume.

Early in the pause, a spokesperson for the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) informed Breitbart Texas that contractors would be informed of a final decision at some point after the 60-day pause concluded.

The Biden administration has not indicated what its plan is regarding the end of the pause.

Other agencies within Biden’s administration have been tight-lipped about information.

Breitbart reported that USACE did not respond to a request for information concerning the end of the pause and the border wall contracts currently being evaluated.

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In the meantime, equipment will continue sitting idle until a decision is made.

For example, in Eagle Pass, Texas, a fence contract worth $51.9 million hangs in the balance, Breitbart reported. The equipment continues to gather dust as the contractor waits for a decision from Biden’s administration.

Other problems along the border may be taking precedent over the status of evaluating border wall contracts.

Recently, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas admitted in a March 16 statement:

“We are on pace to encounter more individuals on the southwest border than we have in the last 20 years.”

In the same statement, Secretary Mayorkas mentions specific actions his department has undertaken during the last two months to address issues at the border.

It is noteworthy that Mayorkas’ statement did not acknowledge Biden’s 60-day pause nor its impact at the U.S. border and beyond.

Instead, Mayorkas focused on touting items that have recently come under scrutiny and criticism by the public, politicians and media. For example, in his statement, Mayorkas suggested that migrants are being tested and quarantined:

“In less than two months, Customs and Border Protection stood-up an additional facility in Donna, Texas to process unaccompanied children and families. We deployed additional personnel to provide oversight, care, and transportation assistance for unaccompanied minors pending transfer to HHS custody.

“We are standing up additional facilities in Texas and Arizona to shelter unaccompanied children and families. We are working with Mexico to increase its capacity to receive expelled families.

“We partnered with community-based organizations to test and quarantine families that Mexico has not had the capacity to receive. We have developed a framework for partnering with local mayors and public health officials to pay for 100% of the expense for testing, isolation, and quarantine for migrants.

“ICE has also developed additional facilities to provide testing, local transportation, immigration document assistance, orientation, travel coordination in the interior, and mechanisms to support oversight of the migrant families who are not expelled.”

However, the next day Mayorkas was forced to admit during a hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee that the federal government had released migrants without testing them for COVID-19 and that in Brownsville, Texas, earlier this month, migrants who tested positive for coronavirus were released and merely urged to quarantine.

National Review reported that the city of Brownsville held COVID-19 testing at the bus station with test kits provided by the state and that a local NBC affiliate reported that out of 1,700 migrants tested at the Brownsville Bus Station, more than 100 tested positive.

KABC reported that Mayorkas testified:

“There were times earlier when individuals were apprehended, and we sought to expel them, and we were unable to expel them, and we were compelled to release them, and we did not have the opportunity to test them.”

In Mayorkas’ March 16 statement, he also mentioned the opening of additional facilities to handle the growing influx of illegal migrants and thousands of unaccompanied children; vaccinating its workforce; directing the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist the Department of Health and Human Services; building a phone registry for immigrants so they can apply from Mexico and be transported into the U.S.; and restarting and expanding the Central American Minors program to create a legal pathway for children to enter the U.S.

During the March 17 hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Carlos Gimenez (R-FL) asked Mayorkas:

“Are you going to be asking the president to finish the wall, and the wall that has already been appropriated by Congress?”

Mayorkas replied:

“No, I will not.”

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