If passed, Congress's hyper-partisan reconciliation bill would force Americans to pay for the Left's favorite policies surrounding environmental law, labor law, and illegal immigration. It also includes provisions that will empower the partisan IRS to get even more involved in the lives of ordinary Americans.
Democrat Sen. Ed Markey (Mass.) has openly admitted that "the Green New Deal is in the DNA of this green budget resolution," and he's not wrong: This bill would force Americans to get 40 percent of their energy from wind, solar and other renewable sources within eight years, specifically including a methane tax and a tax on natural gas up to $1,500 per ton. This could cost nearly 90,000 American jobs and dramatically increase the cost of heating and powering homes.
This bill targets schools, requiring funding for school construction to be used on a Green New Deal agenda including a $10 billion "environmental justice" fund for higher education. Another $8 billion provision would create a Climate Conservation Corps with the task of pushing far-left climate policies and programs.
This bill's environmental policies favor the wealthy, too, with $222 billion in tax credits going to pay for electric vehicles that typically only the rich can afford. The bill goes further, mandating the conversion of the entire federal fleet from combustion engines to electric engines, and targets states as well: it punishes states that don't meet its green climate standards and rewards those that do with $4 billion in climate grants.
The reconciliation bill's labor policies are just as bad. It increases the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's penalties on businesses that fail to implement the vaccine mandate up to $700,000 per violation and includes $2.6 billion in funding for Department of Labor enforcement of these mandates, furthering the left's authoritarian agenda of forcing the COVID-19 vaccines on all Americans.
The bill also favors union bosses and the progressive agenda over American workers. It strengthens the influence of union bosses by subsidizing union dues, which is especially concerning as unions have largely abandoned the American workforce when it comes to company-wide vaccine mandates, as seen with Southwest and other transportation workers. The bill also takes a side in union disputes, subjecting employers to penalties that exempt union bosses and officials.
Regarding immigration, the first drafts included a sweeping provision which would grant amnesty to around 8 million illegal immigrants. Trillions more would have to be spent on Social Security and Medicare if this many immigrants were suddenly granted amnesty. Thankfully, the Senate parliamentarian has ruled twice against Democratic attempts to include the amnesty provisions in reconciliation since it is extraneous to the spending provisions in a budget bill. This is in violation of the Byrd Rule which governs what is allowed through the reconciliation process. However, Democrats have a "Plan C" which would expand temporary legal status and work permits to illegal immigrants, though it doesn't technically allow them amnesty.
With or without amnesty, though, the bill still incentivizes illegal immigration, making illegal immigrants eligible for free community college entitlement, additional student aid and the enhanced Child Tax Credit. It also relaxes the rules of when immigration is and is not granted at the border, and even allows the Department of Homeland Security to waive previous convictions for human trafficking, narcotics violations, and illegal voting for those seeking to receive citizenship status.
Finally, the reconciliation bill increases funding to the IRS by $79 billion for the enforcement of tax laws. These funds will only allow the IRS to become more partisan, and it's safe to assume on which side of the aisle the IRS will fall: against conservatives -- the same place it did under Barack Obama.