UPDATED 2:30 PM PT – Thursday, April 22, 2021
Oklahoma Senator James Lankford (R) has affirmed Republicans are open to talking about Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill once Democrats’ pet projects have been removed from it. Lankford spoke on the Senate floor Wednesday and said Democrats have stretched the definition of infrastructure to its limits.
He referenced a part of the bill that would allocate funding to eliminate paper lunch trays at K-12 schools.
I don’t know a lot of Oklahomans who think of a school lunch tray when someone talks about infrastructure.
Let’s talk about infrastructure, but the focus shouldn’t be school lunch trays, it should focus on highways. pic.twitter.com/gTDb3YpjAi
— Sen. James Lankford (@SenatorLankford) April 22, 2021
“This particular section on national, critical infrastructure reads this way: ‘Funds for schools to reduce or eliminate the use of paper plates and disposable materials,’” Lankford noted. “I don’t know what your definition of infrastructure is, but I don’t meet a lot of Oklahomans that when I say ‘infrastructure’ they think, ‘school lunch trays.’”
Lankford pointed out Congress added $4 trillion to the national debt in the last year and Biden’s proposed package would add more than $2 trillion to the deficit.