House Passes Biden Infrastructure Bill With Republican Support

House Passes Biden Infrastructure Bill With Republican Support

Six Republicans to be precise, but that was enough to limp over the finish line.

Meanwhile, 13 Democrats opposed the standalone $555 billion . Those holdouts couldn’t reconcile the piecemeal passage of President Biden’s sweeping domestic agenda. (RELATED: Biden Attempts to Win Over Democrats Skeptical of $3.5 Trillion Bill)

The 228-206 bipartisan vote sends the legislation to Biden’s desk, where he is expected to sign it into law.

CNN has the list of the 13 Republicans that defied House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and voted with Democrats to pass the bill. They are:

  • Rep. Don Bacon (Neb.)
  • Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (Penn.)
  • Rep. Andrew Gabarino (N.Y.)
  • Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio)
  • Rep. John Katko (N.Y.)
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Ill.)
  • Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (N.Y.)
  • Rep. David McKinley of (W.Va.)
  • Rep. Tom Reed (N.Y.)
  • Rep. Chris Smith (N.J.)
  • Fred Upton (Mich.)
  • Rep. Jeff Van Drew (N.J.)
  • Rep. Don Young (Alaska)

At the same time, six Democrats opposed the bill for different reasons:

  • Rep. Jamaal Bowman (N.Y.)
  • Rep. Cori Bush (Mo.)
  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.)
  • Rep. Ilhan Omar (Minn.)
  • Rep. Ayanna Pressley (Mass.)
  • Rep. Rashida Tlaib (Mich.)

Notably, many are outraged by the last-minute agreement to pass the infrastructure bill without the massive reconciliation bill—yet.

The National Review reports:

For months, Biden’s multi-trillion dollar domestic agenda has been mired in problems. Democrats are dealing with disagreements among the extremely liberal and less liberal wings of the party, and narrow majorities have left leadership with little margin for error.

Their goal has been to pass trillions of dollars of new spending at a time when debt as a share of the economy is at historic levels rivaled only by the fight against World War II. The strategy all along was for Democrats to win over some Republicans to their cause by creating a charade that their agenda was actually divided into two parts: a physical infrastructure bill, and a sweeping social-welfare bill.

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On Friday night, after months of back and forth, it looked like Biden’s agenda could suffer another setback, as not all progressives were sold on the idea of agreeing to pass the infrastructure bill with only a commitment from holdouts in the House that they would vote for the social spending bill in a few weeks, once the CBO analysis comes out. With only three “no” votes to spare within her own caucus, Pelosi lost six Democrats — enough to sink the bill. Yet 13 Republicans swooped in to rescue Pelosi, provide Biden with the biggest victory of his presidency, and put the rest of his reckless agenda on a glide path to passage in the House.

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The federal government already spends more than enough on infrastructure to meet our needs and the COVID-19 bailout money left many states awash in cash. Despite promises, only a small portion of the bill focuses on traditional infrastructure such as fixing roads and bridges and the legislation (soon to be law) will add $256 billion to deficits. It will also help grease the wheels for the passage of the larger multi-trillion welfare bill that will expand Medicare and Obamacare, initiate a federal takeover of preschool and child care, and impose economically devastating tax increases on individuals and businesses.

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