Billions of taxpayer dollars meant for infrastructure tied to regressive woke initiatives, GOP Senate leaders say

White House “woke initiatives” propped up by taxpayer dollars siphoned from infrastructure spending have become the target of upcoming Republican legislation.

“The funding notices issued by DOT should focus on the law as written, not woke priorities.”

The time Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has spent not on paternity leave, disregarding crumbling rail systems leading to ecological disasters and overseeing some of the worst aviation woes in history, he’s been advancing the administration’s position that roads are racist.

Late Monday, under the leadership of ranking member Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Senate Commerce Committee Republicans circulated an internal memo, reviewed by Fox News Digital, that highlighted how taxpayer dollars meant for surface transportation projects were doing anything but, and how they intended to stop the fiscal abuses.

“Billions upon billions of taxpayer dollars meant for infrastructure projects are tied to woke initiatives that are more focused on dismantling America’s infrastructure in the name of ‘equity’ and ‘climate change’ than building roads, bridges, and highways to connect the country,” read the memo.

“Congress must not allow the Department of Transportation to push the absurd concept of ‘racist roads’ to prevent Americans from getting much-needed improvements to their highways,” it continued. “The funding notices issued by DOT should focus on the law as written, not woke priorities.”

Buttigieg has continually made his job at the DOT about combatting the scourge of perceived systemic racism, especially as it pertained to infrastructure. As he had said in a message delivered marking Juneteenth, “Transportation has been a battleground for civil rights and environmental justice across this country — especially for the descendants of the enslaved people we recognize today. That’s why, at USDOT, we are reinforcing our civil rights programs and advancing the Biden-Harris administration’s vision for racial equity.”

That same month, the secretary began to accept applications for the Rural Surface Transportation Grant, Infrastructure for Rebuilding America and National Infrastructure Project Assistance programs which had pulled $5.6 billion from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021.

The Notice of Funding Opportunity stated, “Projects that have not sufficiently considered equity and barriers to opportunity in their planning, as determined by the Department, will be required to do so before receiving funds for construction.”

It further read, “Projects that have not sufficiently considered climate change and environmental justice in their planning, as determined by the Department, will be required to do so before receiving funds for construction.”

After Cruz had confirmed that the notice was subject to the Congressional Review Act (CRA) earlier this year, the memo made note of the Texas lawmakers intention to introduce a resolution to revoke the federal regulation that acted entirely to advance an “anti-highway agenda.”

“Taken together, these additions, which severely deviate from the criteria in law, will favor states seeking to expand mass transit and bike paths over states wanting to build roads,” read the memo. “The added requirements on grant agreements, which are necessary for money to be paid after awards are announced, are particularly pernicious.”

“The DOT funding notice guarantees that applicants will not get construction funds unless they embrace the administration’s extreme views on climate and equity,” it noted.


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