‘They breathed life into it’

If Republicans stick together in the House, President Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill will die.

After all, six progressive Democrats refused to lend their votes to the $1.2 trillion plan unless the Democrats’ $1.75 trillion spending bill was also passed. passed along with it. Perhaps they might have had to make concessions later, but without their support, the bill would not have passed this time around.

Instead, 13 Republicans in the House broke ratings and voted with Democrats, giving a 228-206 victory for the president and for Democratic leadership on Nov. 5. The bill passed the Senate in August – with 19 Republican votes, the Republicans thought they were in. cut a deal that prevents Democrats from spending more on things that aren’t really “infrastructure.” (In fact, much of that spending has been pushed to $1.75 trillion today. “Build back better” bill.)

Appearing on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” This Weekend, Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz had a message for the 13 House Republicans who broke the ranks: Biden’s infrastructure bill “is failing” and “they’ve breathed life into it.”

During the interview, host Maria Bartiromo noted that the November 2 election saw Democrats Terry McAuliffe defeated in the race for the directorship in Virginia and Democrat New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy narrowly ousted by his Republican challenger, could be a signal to the nation’s politicians .


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“You might think that the Democrats saw Virginia and New Jersey as a wake-up call to slow things down,” she said, but they did “the opposite.”

And then there are the Republicans: “You had your chance there to block this whole agenda, but your colleagues decided not to go that route. You’ve got 19 of your colleagues in the Senate voting on the infrastructure package, you’ve got 13 people in the House voting on the infrastructure package,” Bartiromo said.

“What exactly did that do? Now, because they did that, the road is open to much higher taxes for the rest of us to pay. Is that true? ”

Cruz says this is “exactly true, and it’s sad.”

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In the Senate at least, Cruz said, “we spent week after week eating lunch and yelling at each other,” with the infrastructure plan advocates arguing it would rule out budget overruns. the book that Democrats promised.

“They argued, ‘If we pass one, it makes the other less likely to pass.’

“That never made sense to me,” Cruz said.

“The Democrats have never made any deal on that. They don’t say, ‘We’re not going after Bernie Sanders’ budget.’ What they said was, ‘OK, we’ll take both – we’ll take $1.2 trillion here, and then we’ll take $5.5 trillion here.’ That’s what the Democrats said.”


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His take on Republican Congressmen However, even more wither.

“And I’ll tell you, in the House, to those House Republicans who voted for this: Joe Biden and the Democrats, their agenda was on the right track,” Cruz said. . “It failed. It’s on its way down.

“And what those Republicans did is they breathed life into it. They gave Joe Biden a political victory,” he continued.

“He will now travel across the country touting, ‘Look at this big bipartisan victory.’ And that additional impetus, unfortunately, makes it more likely that they’ll get their Democrats to shape up and pass some trillion-dollar spending bills, in addition to thousands of dollars. billion new taxes. That’s what all the stakes are about. I still hope that doesn’t happen.”

The only chance it won’t happen, at this point, is if the Democratic spending bill continues to be blocked in the Senate by the West Virginia Democrat Senator. Joe Manchin, is currently planned. That said, this kind of spending can only be financed through higher taxes – it won’t be restricted forever, no matter what Manchin does.

13 Republicans in the House voted for the bill – Delegates Don Bacon of Nebraska, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Andrew Garbarino of New York, Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, John Katko of New York, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Nicole Malliotakis of New York, David McKinley of West Virginia, Tom Reed of New York, Chris Smith of New Jersey, Fred Upton of Michigan, Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey and Don Young of Alaska – brought various reasons To do that.

Malliotakis said to New York Post that the measure would “improve the safety and well-being of communities across America and make the improvements needed to bring our infrastructure into the 21st century.”

“For too long, our local, state, and federal leaders have neglected to modernize New York City’s aging infrastructure to keep up with economic growth,” she said. economy and population.

“The funds we are providing today will be used by states and cities to modernize roads, highways, bridges, sewers and flood projects, including in here on Staten Island and in South Brooklyn.”

Katko, another New York Democrat, defended his vote by saying the plan would send money to his state.

“This bill is a victory,” Katko wrote in a statement on Twitter, telling voters the spending would provide “a once-in-a-generation investment in the nation’s physical infrastructure.” We cover roads, ports and waterways, broadband networks, power grids, clean water systems and airports.”

Of the 13 Republicans who voted for the bill, six were notably from New Jersey and New York, states that have seen some spending from the bill.

Two others, Representative Ohio. Anthony Gonzalez and Illinois Representative Adam Kinzinger, are noted Trump critics, both have quit their jobs in Congress and both have left the party due to a number of issues.

What these Republicans did was give the country to Higher taxes and spending certainly won’t be profitable for the administration, and Democrats are promising it will.

Cruz is right – they breathed life into a disreputable bill and gave the Biden administration a massive victory.

Just as 19 Senate Republicans voted for the infrastructure plan on the grounds that it would prevent Democrats from spending more, they could quickly regret the move – especially when the bill is due.

C. Douglas Golden is a writer who divides his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he has been writing for the Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.

C. Douglas Golden is a writer who divides his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he has written for the Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Outside of politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially story fiction. British painting and modern Japanese lighting), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (both US and international).

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Catholic University of America

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