Credit for guts, of a sort. Some Republicans who backed Biden and Pelosi on infrastructure will likely get primary opponents next year. Was it worth it?
FNC: “The House of Representatives voted 228-206 on Friday to pass a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, which could not have passed without the support of 13 Republicans who pushed it through despite opposition from six progressive members of the House. Here are the main GOP members who pushed the bill across the finish line.”
To the 13 spineless Republicans who helped Biden pass his socialist infrastructure bill, I hope Dems paid you enough because next time we vote, you’re out!
— Lavern Spicer (@lavern_spicer) November 6, 2021
1) Don Bacon of Nebraska, “You vote one way, maybe it hurts in the primary. You vote the other way … in my district, it’d hurt me in the general…I helped draft this bill,” Bacon told Axios. “To do a flip wouldn’t have been appropriate. Wouldn’t have been right.
“Make no mistake. This is not the Bernie Sanders’ Socialist Budget Busting Bill, which would’ve cost American taxpayers their hard-earned money,” he said. “When that bill does come to the floor for a vote, I will be a hard ‘NO.’”
2) Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, “From the start, I have insisted on the passage of a hard infrastructure bill, delinked from any other partisan, social spending package. This bipartisan, physical infrastructure bill, which passed the Senate in August with strong Republican support, is entirely separate from the partisan reconciliation bill, which I oppose.”
3) David McKinley of West Virginia, “We’ve all heard stories of children in West Virginia sitting in parking lots to do their schoolwork because their homes are not connected to reliable broadband internet. Tonight, I voted for those kids, and to give the next generation of West Virginians hope for a brighter future.”
4) Andrew Garbarino of New York, “Make no mistake, tonight’s vote was about roads, bridges, and clean water. It was about real people, and the tangible actions Congress could take to better their lives by rebuilding and revitalizing our nation’s crumbling infrastructure.”
5) John Katko of New York, “This bill will make a once in a generation investment in our nation’s physical infrastructure including our roads and bridges, ports and waterways, broadband networks, electrical grid, clean water systems, and airports.”
6) Don Young of Alaska, “Was this bill perfect? No, but truthfully, few pieces of legislation are. However, I firmly believe that we cannot sacrifice the good for the perfect. Very frankly, inaction on infrastructure risks our nation’s fundamental economic independence and strength.” These words may explain their votes. They better hope voters will buy their explanations come next November. Many won’t.