Sen. Lee proposes infrastructure alternative

 Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) has put forth an alternative to the “bipartisan infrastructure bill.” Lee’s amendment #2255 is a combination of the Transportation Empowerment Act, the UNSHACKLE Act, and the Davis-Bacon Repeal Act.  The amendment would reduce the federal gas tax by more than eleven cents per gallon, return the national Highway Trust Fund to solvency, speed-up and simplify burdensome National Environmental Policy Act requirements, and remove Davis-Bacon wage rules.  Each of these reforms will allow more federal infrastructure projects to be built more quickly and more affordably.

In his speech on the Senate floor Sen. Lee said, “We can finally solve the fiscal insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund and give Americans a tax cut.  It would allow Americans to pay less and federal, state and local governments to build more.  When states and localities do infrastructure, they can do so more efficiently. Currently, a multitude of federal regulations drive up the cost of each project by as much as 20% in some cases 30% and in some cases even more than that.  My amendment also addresses these key regulatory challenges.”

Read the text of the amendment here.