A Twitter user who goes by the handle “Oilfield Rando” tore into Republicans who signed off on a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that spends billions for unrelated items, including in the home states of some GOP senators who were part of a team negotiating with the Democrat majority.
“Already found $250 million for an invasive plant species removal program lol. Infrastructure!” Rando noted to begin his lengthy thread that included screengrabs of the spending bill’s text.
Already found $250 million for an invasive plant species removal program lol.
— Oilfield Rando (@Oilfield_Rando) August 2, 2021
And his criticism of the Republican Party came early, too.
“Oh cool, $50 million for STUDIES on how to tax us more with road usage and per-mile fees. You are useless, @GOP. Useless,” Rando noted.
“Studies on people hitting deer lol. Infrastructure!” the poster continued.
“$50 million for ten ‘Transportation Resilience and Adaptation Centers of Excellence’, which will do climate change reports and engage ‘disadvantaged communities.’ Again, you are f**king trash, @GOP,” Rando noted.
Here are some more quotes from the thread:
— Upgraded Amtrak train service in……Canada. Speechless.
— Combatting human trafficking is infrastructure, apparently.
— Promoting more lady truckers is infrastructure, even though gender isn’t really a thing anymore.
— Studying the safety of limousines is infrastructure.
— All new cars will have to be equipped with a breathalyzer…
— Studies on smoking the weed and driving. Infrastructure!
— $2.5 billion in green energy subsidies for schools and non-profits.
— $5 billion for low/zero emissions school buses.
— Another $2.6 billion for NOAA, those science bi**hes pop up in every single spending bill lol.
— $3.5 billion for Indian Health Service. Infrastructure!
Rando went on to speculate that certain spending items in the legislation were added to get support from key legislative negotiators.
“$50 million for Utah, there’s Mitt’s payout,” Rando wrote, referencing anti-Trump GOP Sen. Mitt Romney.
“$1 billion for the Appalachian regional commission, there’s Manchin’s payout. And $150 million for the Delta regional authority,” noted Rando, referencing Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.).
“$75 million for the Denali commission, there’s Murkowski’s payout,” the user added, citing Alaska GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski.
“Well, that’s what popped out on the first skim,” Rando wrote in conclusion, adding: “At least I haven’t seen the National Endowment for the Arts yet.”
The pork-laden bill advanced in the Senate last week after a filibuster-proof majority of members voted to move the bill into the debate phase. Fifteen Republicans joined all 50 Democrats to move the bill along.
“We now have an agreement on the major issues,” retiring GOP Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio told reporters Wednesday. “We are prepared to move forward.”
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W. Va.), who initially led infrastructure discussions with President Joe Biden, praised the bipartisan nature of the legislation, as well.
North Carolina GOP Sen. Thom Tillis called it “a win for bipartisanship.”
The legislation does address legitimate infrastructure needs, according to the senators who helped negotiate it. That includes spending for roads and bridges, water infrastructure, ports, airports, and, in the digital age, expanding 5G broadband service which has become vital in an era of remote work.
Not all Democrats are 100 percent on board, however. Arizona’s two Democratic senators, Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly, voiced concerns about the $3.5 trillion cost a related bill, which then prompted pushback from left-wing extremists in the House.
“Good luck tanking your own party’s investment on childcare, climate action, and infrastructure while presuming you’ll survive a 3 vote House margin,” tweeted New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez.
“Sinema seems not to care that her own state is flooding, the west is burning, and infrastructure around the country is crumbling,” added Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib. “[She] is more interested in gaining GOP friends and blocking much-needed resources, than fighting for her residents’ future.”
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