Joe Biden is leading the charge to pass a trillion-dollar “Infrastructure Bill.”
But almost no one in D.C. has actually read the bill itself.
And now, one secret clause buried in Biden’s bill will leave Americans outraged.
Joe Biden is staking his political career on a massive infrastructure package that he has been working with Senate Democrats to draft over the last several months.
The legislation is one of the largest ever proposed to Congress, and conservative estimates tag the bill at over a trillion dollars.
Naturally, this means that Biden’s infrastructure bill is hundreds of pages long, and keeping true to the longstanding Washington tradition, almost no one in D.C. has actually read the legislature in its entirety.
If they did however, they’d discover one clause inside the bill that could trigger one of the largest 4th amendment violations in history.
The Intercept reports, “The Senate’s $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill proposes a national test program that would allow the government to collect drivers’ data in order to charge them per-mile travel fees.
Under the proposal, the government would collect information about the miles that drivers travel from smartphone apps, another on-board device, automakers, insurance companies, gas stations, or other means.”
The proposal is being snuck into the bill in order to try and come up with new means to fund the Federal Highway Trust Fund, but opponents argue it would amount to one of the largest breeches of privacy in American history.
The 4th Amendment concerns alone are almost too large to count.
Not only would an effective milage tax require the government to track your every movement with a car, but it would also give the Federal government a free hand to track your movements using other devices that could be employed even when someone isn’t driving, like a cell phone.
Now, even some Senate Democrats are voicing concerns about Biden’s infrastructure bill and the potential it has to expanding the ever-growing Federal spy state.
Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat who joined Senator Rand Paul’s filibusters against the NSA in the past, has become one of the first Democrats to voice opposition to the plan, thus putting Biden’s proposal in jeopardy.
In addition, the bill is also expected to see fierce opposition from Senator Paul himself, who has repeatedly opposed any increase in government surveillance powers over American citizens, and has voted against multiple tax hikes during his time in the Senate, which are two key components of Biden’s proposed bill.
Worse yet, the bill’s milage tax comes after Biden repeatedly promised not to raise taxes on any American earning under $400,000 a year.
In early July, Biden officially came out against a mileage tax when Press Secretary Jen Psaki said “That’s one of the core reasons why the President was opposed — vehemently opposed — to a gas tax and any tax on vehicle mileage, because he felt that would fall on the backs of Americans. And that was a bottom line, red line for him.”
Now, it appears Biden is backtracking on this promise at the same time that the Democrat-controlled Senate seriously considers a provision that could mean the end of the 4th Amendment for tens of millions of Americans.