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Democrats infrastructure plan would erase American suburban 'way of life,’ former NY official says

The administration's original $2.3 trillion infrastructure package "intended to literally eliminate local zoning, single-family zoning," said the former N.Y. Lt. Gov.

Updated: June 27, 2021 - 11:24am

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The largest item in President Biden's originally proposed $2.3 trillion infrastructure bill "is intended to literally eliminate local zoning, single-family zoning," former N.Y. Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey told the John Solomon Reports podcast. 

"[P]eople spend a lifetime dreaming that they're going to have a home with a plot of lawn around it," said McCaughey. "They can let their kids play on the lawn, go out and mow the lawn, it's a way of life. And the Biden administration wants to eliminate that. Their message is, 'You can't have that unless everybody can have that.'

"So unless you have multifamily units, you know, some sort of apartment building, on the same street in the same neighborhood — it's not the same town because all towns now have areas for apartment dwellers, you know. But no, that's not good enough for them. They want to put bus lines on all the little streets, and that's going to change the way of life."

The Democrats are "trying to make it a racial issue, but people of all ethnicities dream of having a single-family home," McCaughey said. "That's not a white thing, that's a way of life — it's an American way of life.

"People want to have that privacy, they want to have their kids have independence, and be able to play in the backyard and not be supervised in a public playground. You know, all of us who raise children think that that's a good thing to have. And they want to eliminate it."

The Biden administration negotiated a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure framework on Thursday, which does not include affordable housing, according to Business Insider.

However, afterward, Biden said that the rest of the original infrastructure plan will go through as a budget reconciliation bill in addition to the bipartisan version. Upon learning this, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Biden can "forget" the bipartisan bill. "Most Republicans could not have known that," he said. "There's no way. You look like a f–ing idiot now." 

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