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The $1 trillion infrastructure bill under debate by the U.S. Senate includes a provision that directs U.S. regulators to require technology that would prevent intoxicated drivers from starting vehicles, among many other things.
The draft of the bill, which is 2,702 pages long, seems to address more than just America’s infrastructure needs. A Twitter user began going through the draft and highlighted some of the key finds, starting with a $250 million plan to remove an invasive plant species.
Studies on how to tax Americans for driving and studies on people hitting deer:
Claremont Institute’s Nick Short reports that buried within the bill is a pilot program for a national motor vehicle per-mile user fee, which is basically a long-term plan to make it expensive to drive a car.
There’s $50 million for the Orwellian-named “Centers of Excellence” and upgrades to Amtrak over in Canada.
Next, there’s combatting human trafficking (which is the first thing outside actual infrastructure that’s worth funding in this behemoth), and ensuring equality of outcome [read: Marxism] in the trucking industry!
After a brief discussion on the lack of representation of women truck drivers in the industry, a section that wants to mandate “driving prevention technology” in vehicles to measure drunk or impaired driving follows.
This is followed by a section on weed and boating.
This is then followed by a section for $2.5 billion in green-energy handouts and the Digital Equity Act of 2021:
Then, $5 billion for electric vehicles and $250 million for electric ferries.
… and $16 billion for renewable energy programs.
While there is still more to uncover in the massive document, one Senator is clearly ready to keep reading.
Sen. Josh Hawley tweeted: “Now gender identity is infrastructure. Can’t wait to see what else is in this bill.”