Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has managed to thread the needle with his latest massive infrastructure wish list, pleasing industry stakeholders and environmentalists alike.
Many industry groups balked at recent congressional Democratic proposals designated as “green,” and Congress responded.
The Green New Deal framework, which President Trump and Biden squabbled over in the first presidential debate, proved so unpopular that a nonbinding resolution expressing general support for it failed to garner even a single vote in the Senate in 2019.
On a nearly straight party-line vote in July, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives passed the Invest in America Act, also known as the green infrastructure bill. That bill was considered dead in the water in the Republican-controlled Senate. The two houses compromised by merely passing a continuing resolution for transportation funding into next year.
Even though the act would have meant almost half a trillion dollars in additional funding for transportation infrastructure over five years, several industry