$1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Plan Is DOA: McConnell

$1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Plan Is DOA: McConnell

Reuters/Mary F. Calvert

A $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill is expected to get a vote in the House Wednesday, but according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the effort is for naught.

"So naturally this nonsense is not going anywhere in the Senate. It will just join the list of absurd House proposals that were only drawn up to show fealty to the radical left," McConnell said Wednesday.

The White House also said it opposes the bill, saying Tuesday that it is “not a serious proposal” and “entirely debt-financed.”

The infrastructure package includes substantial increases in spending for roads and bridges, clean water, rural broadband, public housing, schools, hospitals and clean energy. Democrats have not addressed how they plan to pay for the bill, but House Speakers Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) recently said that “with the interest rates where they are now there's never been a better time for us to go big.”

Pelosi also said she didn’t expect McConnell to embrace the legislation. “As you know, the Grim Reaper said nothing is ever going any place in the Senate,” Pelosi said, using a nickname the senator has given himself. “But there is tremendous interest in the country in building the infrastructure.”