Democratic and Republican legislators, mayors, governors, labor unions, and business leaders are expected to attend a White House event when President Joe Biden signs a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill into law.
Republicans in the House and Senate are receiving criticism from other Republicans and former President Donald Trump for backing the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure measure.
Despite having broad bipartisan support, infrastructure was a top goal of the Trump administration. Still, the previous president could not reach an agreement during his four years in the White House.
Republicans facing backlash From Trump Over Infrastructure Bill
Former president Donald Trump strongly criticized the $1.2 trillion infrastructure measure enacted late Friday in a 90-minute address. Progressive Democrats who voted against the New York infrastructure bill also came under fire, especially from their constituents in New York City.
Republicans in the House have overwhelmingly taken Trump’s side in calling for the removal of caucus members who supported the measure from leadership positions. Rep. Matt Gaetz calls out Florida Rep. John Katko of New York from the House Homeland Security Committee to vote in favor of the action.
Despite threats of murder, House Republicans stick by their infrastructure vote.
The 13 House Republicans who voted in favor of the bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure measure last week are standing by their decision despite facing harsh criticism from other Republicans, including former President Donald Trump.
There has reportedly been an increase in threats. They call for primary challengers and efforts to remove the 13 from their committee assignments due to Trump’s criticism of the lawmakers during remarks at a National Republican Congressional Committee dinner on Monday night and agitprop by far-right House members like Marjorie Taylor Greene.
According to Nassau County, New York police, a man was detained and charged with aggravated harassment for allegedly threatening the life of Republican Representative Andrew Garbarino. The latter voted for the measure, with death.
What does the bipartisan infrastructure bill include?
The $550 billion additional expenditure from both parties includes $110 billion for infrastructures like roads and bridges.
- The $65 billion will go toward broadband
- $66 billion will go toward passenger and freight rail
- $55 billion will go toward water infrastructure
- $39.2 billion will go toward public transportation
- $47.2 billion will go toward resiliency
- $7.5 billion will go toward electric vehicle infrastructure
- $21 billion will go toward pollution control.
According to many senators and senior GOP staffers who spoke with The Post, the success of the infrastructure package may seriously impede Democrats’ hopes of passing the social spending plan. They contend that giving the more manageable package might appease House moderates who are worried about the larger one’s effects on inflation and the national debt.
Biden can still save his Build Back bill with an effective strategy.
There are several ways to divide the comprehensive measure into manageable pieces that the public would support, making it more difficult for the president’s opponents to launch an attack.
For instance, Biden may submit a standalone bill to Congress to make the child tax credit increase permanent, approved in March as a provision of the COVID relief package.
It is one of the most well-liked aspects of the measure, and studies have shown that it has significantly reduced child poverty rates. The messaging is simple and unambiguous when viewed as a standalone law.
Democrats have a limited chance of winning a few Republican senators, but they have a good chance of hurting the Republican senators who would vote against it politically. Anything at all is preferable to nothing.
The 13 House Republicans who voted in favor of the infrastructure bill are receiving harsh criticism from the Trump faction of the GOP. This criticism includes remarks made by the former president himself that were critical of them, a rumored threat to have them removed from committee assignments and threats of death from the general public.
A local Republican Party Senator Lindsey Graham for supporting the infrastructure bill Senator Graham is a fervent supporter of President Trump. After the signing ceremony, Biden intends to do a victory lap. On Tuesday, he will promote the law at a bridge in Woodstock, New Hampshire, and on Wednesday, he will do the same in Detroit at a GM factory for electric vehicles.