U.S. Sen. John Hickenlooper’s questionable claims of credit for crafting the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill and being the statesman negotiator who led it down the garden path of passage slammed into a brick wall, as if on cue.
The massive bill did not pass Thursday.
The measure’s been locked in a filibuster with a vote scheduled for Saturday morning to try and break the logjam.
We’re guessing Hick won’t take credit for the implosion that occurred over an amendment dealing with cryptocurrencies to the 2,700 page bill.
The Biden administration is pushing back against a last-minute effort by a bipartisan group of senators to limit a proposal in the infrastructure bill to increase federal regulation of cryptocurrencies. The fierce lobbying push helped stall plans to finish voting on the bill Thursday night, and now it appears debate will stretch into the weekend.
And speaking of amendments, why in God’s name didn’t Hickenlooper or U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet lift a finger to craft an amendment to the bill for funding or to correct the ongoing problems on Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon?
The canyon has been closed 12 times in the last six weeks. It’s not exactly a surprise that federal help is required to address what has now become an emergency situation.
In the updated version of the Colorado Politics article that reflects the vote never occurred, Bennet brags the state will be eligible for grant money from the Burned Area Rehabilitation on National Forest System Land, but acknowledges Colorado’s share of that is yet to be determined.
And that’s won’t clear the highway now of debris.
It’s all rather vague as to what Colorado would actually get, or is simply eligible to get in this massive funding bill.
So what’s in it?
The bill is filled with financial gimmicks, waste, and expansions of Washington power.https://t.co/v7sXllm7qW
— Rep. Ken Buck (@RepKenBuck) August 5, 2021
The Colorado media should have thought twice before writing all of those wildly inflated puff pieces on Hickenlooper and Bennet’s alleged role in crafting this monster.
If the Democratic duo truly are responsible for this mess, they should be ashamed of themselves.
Bennet and Hickenlooper slept through a golden opportunity to get the critical help the Western Slope needs to clean up, rehabilitate and address future slides and flooding now predicted to repeatedly force the closure of the Glenwood Canyon Interstate artery for years to come.