Republicans Who Helped Pass Infrastructure Bill Say Vote Will Strengthen Their Own Standing

© REUTERS / JOSHUA ROBERTSThe U.S. Capitol is seen as Senate Democrats and Republicans sought to reach an agreement on to avert a debt crisis in Washington, U.S., October 7, 2021.
The U.S. Capitol is seen as Senate Democrats and Republicans sought to reach an agreement on to avert a debt crisis in Washington, U.S., October 7, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 06.11.2021
The final vote, 228 to 206, came at the end of another day of Capitol Hill drama. In the end, 13 Republicans voted yes on the bill despite no-votes from six liberal Democrats who held up the bill to get Senate and House centrists to secure a bigger version of the Build Back Better bill.
Swing-district House Republicans who crossed party lines to help the House late Friday night approve the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill told Axios their vote strengthens their own standing with general election voters a year from now.
The 13 GOP Republicans who bucked their party, included a combination of lawmakers who are retiring and who will seek re-election along with those who maintain the party’s traditional view that funding infrastructure is more important than opposing a different party.
Some of those Republicans (but not all of them) also voted to impeach former president Donald Trump over accusations he incited the January 6 riot.
Check what they're saying below.

For Infrastructure, Against Socialists

"I weakened their hand. They have no leverage now," Representative Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY) reportedly told Axios. "I voted against AOC and the squad tonight."

The six House Democrats who voted against the bill included the so-called "progressives": Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.
Rep. Nicole Malliotakis reportedly told the newspaper that progressives will no longer be able to "hold the bill hostage", alleging that Biden's Build Back Better plan will be "drastically weakened" in the Senate or "die altogether" following the bill passing.
Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.) also told the outlet, that he was going to suffer both ways, no matter he voted for or against the bill, but the vote was justifiable in terms of long-term election chances.

"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," Bacon reportedly explained.

"I helped draft this bill. To do a flip wouldn't have been appropriate. Wouldn't have been right," Bacon reportedly explained.

'Hold Fake Republicans Accountable'

"Infrastructure" GOP members have, unsurprisingly, faced harsh criticism from fellow party members.
Representative Lauren Boebert (R-CO), called her colleagues “RINOS" – Republicans in name only.
“Pelosi did not have the votes in her party to pass this garbage. Time to name names and hold these fake republicans accountable,” Lauren Boebert, the Representative from Colorado and a prominent gun-rights activist, tweeted.
Rep. Mary Miller (R-IL), added to the backlash, calling colleagues who voted for the bill “spineless” on Twitter.
With other Republicans chiming in as well.
"I can't believe Republicans just gave the Democrats their socialism bill," Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL), tweeted.
The infrastructure bill finally heads to Biden's desk, with lots of funding for roads, bridges, rail, broadband, electric vehicle charging stations, and other physical infrastructure spending.
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