Committee Majority Ignores Republican Input on One-Sided Budget Reconciliation Measure
After a markup that lasted over eight hours, the Majority’s budget reconciliation measure passed out of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. The Majority made no attempt to work across the aisle to develop the measure and didn’t accept a single Republican amendment during the markup.
Republicans supported multiple previous COVID relief packages, which were developed and passed in bipartisan fashion in 2020, including $113 billion in transportation funding and over $45 billion in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding. However, today’s one-sided measure provides recommendations to the Budget Committee on how to spend another $95.62 billion taxpayer dollars for programs under the Committee’s jurisdiction, but includes no Republican input.
Among the Republican amendments that were not approved by the Majority today:
The Committee’s Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) said, “Although President Biden has pledged to work in a bipartisan manner for the American people, we’re only three weeks into his new administration and Congressional leaders’ first move has been to go down this incredibly partisan path with budget reconciliation. Instead of trying to work with Republicans to determine the impacts of our previous COVID relief – much of which still hasn’t yet gotten to those it’s intended to help – or to very carefully target our next steps, the Majority is in a sprint to pass this next $1.9 trillion package. I will say this again: the American people want and expect Congress to work together on bipartisan, well-crafted, commonsense solutions to help our infrastructure and our economy. That’s the exact opposite of what happened during today’s partisan Committee markup.”