President Joe Biden on Thursday criticized Republican lawmakers who voted against the bipartisan infrastructure bill last year but took credit for the projects made possible by the $1.2 trillion law.
“We got a little help from Republicans – but not a lot – but enough to get it passed. But the truth is, there are a lot more Republicans who take credit for this bill than those who actually voted for him,” Biden said at a Democratic National Committee reception in Maryland, another milestone for the president as he resumes campaigning less than two months before the midterm elections.
“I see them there, ‘And now we’re going to build this new bridge here, we’re all for it. And by the way, this new road, and we’re going to have an internet that’s going to be all the way,'” the president said. , changing his tone for his impression of Republicans, “I love ’em, man. They’re not ashamed.”
Biden did not name any Republican lawmakers in his speech, but a recent review of CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper” found that at least 14 congressional Republicans who voted against the bill tried to attribute themselves the merit of the projects made possible by it.
Iowa Democrat Liz Mathis, who is trying to unseat Republican Rep. Ashley Hinson, recently called out Hinson for saying in a statement that she “helped lead a bipartisan group” to “prioritize funding for these essential improvements” despite his opposition to the bill.
A spokesperson for Hinson said in a statement to CNN that the congresswoman opposed the infrastructure package “because it tied in with billions in other spending in the House.”
“Since the bill was signed into law, that money was going to be spent regardless. If there’s federal money on the table, of course she’s going to do whatever she can to make sure that it’s being reinvested in Iowa, which is why she worked with a bipartisan group of her colleagues to ask the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to prioritize NESP construction along the upper Mississippi,” said said the spokesperson.
Republican Rep. Tony Gonzales of Texas claimed in a post on his website in January that he got $75 million for a creek restoration project in his district that came from the infrastructure bill despite voting against it. The law project. Gonzales also said the infrastructure bill “would only make things worse and hold our country back.”
Republican Senator Rick Scott of Florida also voted against the bill, but in January he visited a new landfill in the Everglades and tried to take credit for “raising an unprecedented billion dollars for the restoration of the Everglades, the highest amount ever allocated by the federal government”.
CNN previously reached out to lawmakers for comment.
The review by “The Lead” found other congressional Republicans who opposed the bill but tried to take credit for it: Rep. Gary Palmer of Alabama, Rep. Michelle Steel of California, Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Iowa, Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, representing Clay Higgins of Louisiana, representing Garret Graves of Louisiana, representing Andy Harris of Maryland, representing Pete Stauber of Minnesota, representing Yvette Herrell of New Mexico, representing Kay Granger of Texas, representing. Rob Wittman of Virginia and Rep. Ken Calvert of California.
The infrastructure bill was a major bipartisan victory for the president and congressional Democrats, and 19 Republican senators and 13 House Republicans voted for the bill. The act invests $550 billion in new federal funds in U.S. infrastructure over five years, including funds for roads, bridges, public transit, railroads, airports, ports and waterways.
Last year, the president slammed Republican lawmakers who touted parts of the Covid-19 emergency relief law that benefit their constituents, saying, “Some people have no shame.”
Unlike the Infrastructure Act, no Republicans in Congress voted for the US bailout. Biden noted in a speech in May that several Republicans were touting portions of the $1.9 trillion package that went to their home districts. He did not name any of the Republicans in his speech but held up a piece of paper with the lawmakers’ names and the parts of the law they had promoted.
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