GOP lawmakers attack their own party for supporting infrastructure deal
Polling has shown bipartisan support among voters for spending on infrastructure.
Conservative Republican members of Congress appeared on Fox News and Newsmax on Tuesday night to lament the fact that 19 Republican senators voted for the bipartisan infrastructure package along with every Democratic senator.
The $1.2 billion package provides funds to repair and construct roads, bridges, and railroad systems across the country, among other items.
Despite polling repeatedly showing widespread support for the infrastructure plan — across party lines — conservative outlets have frequently attacked it.
On Newsmax TV’s “Rob Schmitt Tonight,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) nonetheless described the legislation as part of an agenda of “crazy ideas” offered up by Democrats.
He said the infrastructure bill was part of a package of “four stupid ideas” and said, “This is ridiculous, and the American people know it. Why senators, Republican senators, voted for it, I’ll never know.”
Appearing on Fox News’ “Hannity,” Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) sounded a similar note to Jordan.
Kennedy said that Democrats wanted the bill’s passage “like Ben [Affleck] wants J-Lo [Jennifer Lopez” and said Republicans “just got out-maneuvered, intelligence was chasing us and we got beat.”
Conservative host Sean Hannity said Republicans “beat themselves” by voting for the bill and Kennedy agreed, replying, “that’s what I’m saying.” He went on to describe the bill as a “dumpster fire.”
Fox News host Mark Levin on Tuesday called for a primary challenge for the Republicans who voted for the legislation, while the network has repeatedly attempted to claim that the infrastructure spending in the bill is not really infrastructure.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.
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