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Sun Jun 13, 2021, 04:03 PM

Transcript: Senator Susan Collins on "Face the Nation," June 13, 2021

The intro:
"JOHN DICKERSON: Now for a discussion about matters back here at home. A bipartisan group of senators announced a new infrastructure package last week that would cost $1.2 trillion over eight years. One member of the group is Senator Susan Collins, who joins us from Bangor, Maine. Good morning, Senator."


https://www.cbsnews.com/news/transcript-senator-susan-collins-face-the-nation-june-13-2021/

I caught a few minutes of Collins on Face The Nation this am talking about the repuke version of the infrastructure bill this am. That's all I could take. I really despise the republican party to it's core. They are a pack of blood sucking scumbags.

An excerpt or two.
"SEN. COLLINS: There won't be a debt- a gas tax increase, and we won't be undoing the 2017 tax reform bill. Let me talk about three of the pay-fors. One is the implementation of an infrastructure financing authority that's very similar to the state revolving funds that we used for sewer and water projects. And it's a bipartisan proposal that was first put forth by Senators Mark Warner and Roy Blunt, as second would be to repurpose some of the COVID funding that has not been spent in the $1.9 trillion package that was enacted in March. There were restrictions on what the funding could be used for. It could be used for water, sewer and broadband. We would make it more flexible so it could be used for infrastructure projects. And third, there would be a provision for electric vehicles to pay their fair share of using our roads and bridges. Right now, they are literally free riders because they're not paying any gas tax. So those are three of the provisions that we've taken a look at."
"JOHN DICKERSON: One of the objections to taking back some of the money that was in the COVID relief plan is that some of the states have really benefited. They've done- they've done much better than they thought they would. Their tax receipts are up, but that's not true of all states. And so some states are saying you can't take away this money that's helping us recover from covid to then use it for infrastructure.

SEN. COLLINS: Well, I've talked to governors who are enthusiastic about the prospect, and when you have a state like California which has an enormous surplus, and yet we're giving billions of additional dollars to that state, I think we can find room to repurpose some of this money. In addition, if you look at what has been spent, there is literally hundreds of billions of dollars in the pipeline, going back to the initial Cares Act that was passed in March of last year. We have put an enormous amount of money, and rightfully so, into fighting COVID. Last year we had five bipartisan bills, and this year President Biden added another $1.9 trillion dollars. That included a lot of funding that was not directly for fighting COVID

JOHN DICKERSON: If- in this bill, a lot of what's falling out of the president's priorities on child care and on elder care, is that right?

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Sun Jun 13, 2021, 04:10 PM

1. In the end this "deal" will not happen for several reasons

1. Not enough republican senators will vote for it in the full Senate
2. Not enough progressive Senators will vote for it in the full Senate

The only way something has a chance of passing is through reconciliation, and only if Manchin gives his approval.

That is the unfortunate hard reality


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Sun Jun 13, 2021, 04:13 PM

2. They sure are blood sucking scum

Here is a concept: what if it were absolutely illegal to personally or professionally profit from public service?

It absolutely is exactly this way in mental health professions.

Yet, for some reason, it is expected that they will attach, like chiggers, with a tube that liquifies all that is good, then they consume it & spit back toxin.

I keep seeing the image of grossly obese pigs (no offense intended to our planetary neighbors!), sitting at the federal feeding trough just sucking the funds, decency, & civility out of out govt. This may be common, but it is not "normal" to me & never will be.

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Sun Jun 13, 2021, 04:44 PM

3. Order your Nothing Burger today, free delivery anywhere direct from Maine....

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Sun Jun 13, 2021, 06:09 PM

4. This should be nothing but a starting point for negotiations.

The Biden admin has a number, this proposal does too, now get to the bargaining table with a view of whatever agreement is made, it's to be voted on for reconciliation, none of that Manchin bipartisanship silliness that will never happen.

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