Last week, Congress passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, H.R. 3684, which President Biden signed Monday. While Biden’s predecessor repeatedly proclaimed infrastructure week in an effort to gain public support, not once in four years was an infrastructure bill ever voted on, let alone passed. Biden signed an infrastructure bill into law before he’s been in office 10 months. It goes to show you what competent leadership can accomplish.

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes provisions related to federal-aid highway, transit, highway safety, motor carrier, research, hazardous materials, and rail programs of the Department of Transportation (DOT). Several other provisions of the bill address climate change, including strategies to reduce the climate change impacts of the surface transportation system and a vulnerability assessment to identify opportunities to enhance the resilience of the surface transportation system and ensure the efficient use of federal resources. H.R. 3684 revises Buy America procurement requirements for highways, mass transit, and rail and establishes a rebuild rural bridges program to improve the safety and state of good repair of bridges in rural communities like Seguin.

JC Dufresne is a liberal activist and current member of the State Democratic Executive Committee, representing Senate District 25.

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Shepard

The problem with proper governance in this country is exemplified by Mr. Dufresnes comments, a ‘package deal’ approach pared with a total ignorance of reality.

The so-called ‘Build Back Better Act’ should be relabeled the ‘Bankrupt America Act’, or ‘Bankruptcy Built Better Farce’.

William F Buckley once said “I’d rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University”. What we have now in D.C. is a rolling joke on wheels, a bunch of 4 year olds tussling over the pig trough called the Federal Treasury, supported in their reckless spending by people like Mr. Dufresne who feel it’s OK to steal from his grandchildren.

If we are at 125% of GDP, which we are, why on earth would you increase the debt by passing laws to increase the spending?

Mr. Dufresne's ‘policy priorities’, rabid Socialist programs and gifts are wrecking the economic power of this country. This ‘Act’ is a prime example of why we have inflationary pressure not seen in 30 years.

If we had good governance, this bill would ripped apart into sediments based of their subjects and voted on separately, not packaged up to hide wasteful spending and shield representatives from having to answer to their constituents.

You want fair and transparent government, call you Senators and demand they vote no on this travesty.

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