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13 Republicans Help Dems Pass $1.2 Trillion Dollar Infrastructure Bill

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On November 5th, 2021, during a late evening vote, the house passed a $1,200,000,000,000 Bipartisan Infrastructure bill. It could have been written as $1.2 trillion dollars, but those zeroes need to be seen. What else needs to be seen? That 13 House Republicans who helped the Democrats get the bill passed, which is why they are calling it a “bipartisan” bill. The split? 228-206. Had those thirteen Republicans voted no, the bill would have failed.

So, who are the Republicans who helped the desperate Democrats to get Biden a much needed win? “Rep. John Katko, Rep. Tom Reed, Rep. Nicole Malliotakis and Rep. Andrew Garbarino of New York,” as well as “Don Bacon of Nebraska, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, David McKinley of West Virginia, Don Young of Alaska, Fred Upton of Michigan, Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey and Chris Smith of New Jersey.”

Believe it or not, six Democrats voted against the bill. “New York City Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jamaal Bowman were among the six Democrats to buck party leadership. They were joined by AOC’s fellow “Squad” members Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Cori Bush of Missouri.”

One Republican in particular gave a few reasons for her decision to vote for the infrastructure bill. “For far too long, our local, state, and federal leaders have neglected to modernize New York City’s aging infrastructure to keep pace with economic and population growth. The funding stream we are providing today will be used by states and cities to modernize roads, highways, bridges, sewer systems, and flood resiliency projects, including right here on Staten Island and in Southern Brooklyn.”

She followed up by saying that just because she voted for the massive infrastructure bill, she had no intention of doing so for the upcoming “Build Back Better” social spending bill that Biden and the Democrats are trying to get passed. The social bill, which is as it sounds mostly about social entitlement programs and climate change, would cost an additional $1,750,000,000,000 (1.7 trillion).

“The day I vote for any budget thrown together in the dead of night by Senator Bernie Sanders and the socialist squad is the day I purchase a one-way flight to Cuba,” she said. “It is my hope that now that the bipartisan infrastructure bill has passed, we have weakened the socialist’s negotiating hand and perhaps even killed this radical socialist spending spree once and for all.”

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Many Republicans were angry, regardless of reasons that the 13 had for not standing strong with their party.

So… Why did the Squad vote against their party and say no to the infrastructure bill? Ilhan Omar tweeted that it was because she couldn’t vote for one bill without voting on the socialist spending package at the same time.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has yet to say anything about the Infrastructure Bill, but is fully focused on the 1.75 trillion dollar BBB Act.

Rashida Tlaib had no problem explaining her reasons for voting against the “BIF”.

Ayanna Pressley stated the same thing as Omar. It was about sticking together and only voting for the bill if it came together.

Jamaal Bowman appears to be sticking with the same sentiment as Pressley and Omar.

Cori Bush has not posted a statement as of publication and below is a video from Fox News about the passing of the bill.