On Tuesday, the Senate passed a $1 trillion infrastructure spending package that critics say has less to do with roads and bridges than it does advancing the Democratic Party’s agenda.
However, the bill also enjoyed significant Republican support. According to Fox News, a total of 19 GOP senators voted in favor of passing the legislation, and while that no doubt came as welcome news to President Joe Biden, some conservatives see it as a form of surrender.
Among the detractors is National Review Online editor Philip Klein, who has had a complicated history in the conservative movement, with Breitbart noting that Klein de-registered as a Republican in 2016 in protest of then-candidate Donald Trump.
Yet when it came time to offer his assessment of the Democrat’s infrastructure plan, Klein didn’t hesitate to go after some of the former president’s strongest critics.
He accused the bill’s GOP backers of engaging in “a pathetic surrender that has been built on a mountain of lies.” Those supporters include Utah Sen. Mitt Romney (R) and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R), both of whom are long-time Trump opponents.
Also casting a vote in favor of passing Biden’s legacy bill was Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who has made no secret of his differences with the former president.
That lead to a scathing rebuke from Klein, who complained Republicans helped Biden “to advance an unnecessary and costly infrastructure bill that will pave the way for Democrats to pass their multi-trillion dollar social agenda.”
“Reckless and irresponsible”
“Republicans who voted for this monstrosity claimed that the infrastructure bill they negotiated would be fully paid for,” Klein added, insisting, “It isn’t.”
“They claimed it would narrowly focus on traditional infrastructure such as fixing roads and bridges. It doesn’t,” Klein continued. “They claimed it would help convince moderate Democrats to abandon Biden’s larger bill. It won’t.”
“Republicans have voted for a bill that will add to the deficits at a time when debt as a share of the economy is on track to break the World War II record this year, according to Biden’s own budget,” Klein predicted while pointing out that “inflation is on the rise.”
As the editor drew to a close, he excoriated the senators who joined Democrats in voting for the bill for their “reckless and irresponsible action,” adding that it’s akin to political “malpractice.”
Klein concluded by declaring that if the GOP loses “big time” during next year’s midterms, “they have nobody but themselves to blame.”