House approves $1.5T green infrastructure plan
House Democrats on Wednesday passed a $1.5 trillion green infrastructure plan that would surge funding to repair the nation’s crumbling roads and bridges while setting aside funds for broadband, schools and hospitals.
The legislation was approved in a largely party-line 233 to 188 vote after the White House issued a veto threat.
President Trump criticized it as “full of wasteful ‘Green New Deal’ initiatives,” and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has not expressed an interest in bringing it to the Senate floor.
“Naturally this nonsense is not going anywhere in the Senate,” the leader said on the Senate floor Wednesday.
Much of the $500 billion in transportation funding in the Moving Forward Act is tied to green measures that require states to set targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and make other climate conscious efforts.