Group of House Republicans join Dems to support infrastructure bill

Democrats on Capitol Hill were finally able to advance a bipartisan infrastructure bill this week thanks to a group of House Republicans who voted in favor of the massive spending proposal.

In total, 13 GOP lawmakers supported the measure.

GOP group sides with Dems

Those “yes” votes came from Reps. John Katko (R-NY), Don Bacon (R-NE), Jeff Van Drew (D-NJ), Fred Upton (R-MI), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Don Young (R-AK), Tom Reed (R-NY), Chris Smith (R-NJ), Andrew Garbarino (R-NY), Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH), and David McKinley (R-WV).

A few of those legislators, including Kinzinger and Gonzalez, have a history of bucking their own party’s stance — particularly in their vocal opposition to former President Donald Trump.

Pro-Trump Republicans can take comfort in knowing that both of them will be stepping down from Congress at the end of their current terms.

With the help of 13 Republicans, the infrastructure bill passed in the House with a vote of 228-206.

The legislation previously passed through the U.S. Senate with a group of Republicans in that chamber signing on in support.

Moderates, progressives strike deal

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has been struggling to get the bill through the lower chamber in recent weeks, however. The effort stalled in late September after progressives in her party threatened to upend the bill if they were not able to also vote on President Joe Biden’s even more expensive Build Back Better spending proposal.

In the end, most progressive Democrats got in line behind Pelosi and secured the passage of the infrastructure bill. Biden and moderates reportedly made a deal with the far-left faction to facilitate the bill’s success.

In exchange for their “yes” votes, progressives reportedly received an assurance that the Build Back Better plan would be presented for a vote. Moderates, however, are still calling for a Congressional Budget Office score on the scaled-down $1.75 trillion spending package.

It remains to be seen whether moderates will actually vote for the ambitious plan or whether they made the promise simply to ensure that the infrastructure bill would pass.

As it stands, the bill is headed to the president’s desk for his signature. Many Americans are excited for the ostensible benefits contained within the legislation — but others are keenly aware of its potentially negative implications.

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