Illinois House Republicans on Infrastructure Bill: Adam Kinzinger, yes; Darin LaHood, Mike Bost, Mary Miller and Rodney Davis, no
WASHINGTON – Last July, Representative Darin LaHood, R-Ill., Underscored the need for Congress to pass a “traditional” infrastructure bill.
“I think the fact that the Senate proposed it to appear to be a bipartisan infrastructure plan is positive news,” LaHood told Peoria WCBU radio station.
LaHood said what he liked about the Senate bill was that “we define infrastructure in the traditional way: roads, bridges, tunnels, airports, rail systems.”
The Senate would then pass this infrastructure bill in August, in what has become unusual – a strong bipartisan appeal, 69-30.
Nineteen Senate Republicans joined the 50 Democrats, including Republican Leader Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
HOW THE ILLINOIS DELEGATION Voted
Still, when the House voted on the Senate bill at 11:24 p.m. Friday night, LaHood, of Peoria, voted no.
Rodney Davis, Illinois GOP House member, Taylorville; Mike Bost, from Murphysboro; and Mary Miller of Oakland also had no voice.
The House passed the $ 1.2 trillion “Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act” and sent it to President Joe Biden to sign a 228-206 roll call.
There were 215 Democratic yes votes, below the 218 necessary. The six far-left Democratic members of the “Squad” voted against the infrastructure bill, like most Republicans.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Was only able to pass the infrastructure bill because 13 Republicans, including Rep. Adam Kinzinger, of Channahon, voted yes. All 13 Illinois House Democrats voted yes.
“This bipartisan package contains significant investments in roads, bridges, railways, seaports, airports and inland waterways – basic infrastructure that most Americans agree needs improvement,” he said. Kinzinger said in a statement to the Chicago Sun-Times.
“The bill also includes a massive investment in broadband and billions more in nuclear power programs, both of which are particularly important to Illinois’ 16th District.”
There are two tickets in play.
The $ 1.2 trillion measure covers “traditional” infrastructure, that is, things related to roads, bridges, airports, railways, ports, bike paths, charging stations. electricity, increasing broadband access and eliminating lead pipes to improve water quality.
Overall, these elements are not controversial – which is why the Senate bill won the support of McConnell and 18 others.
The Republican and Democrats’ nod in “the team” – led by hardline progressive representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y. – rested in large part on the impending $ 1.75 trillion social spending bill that Biden called “Build Back Better.” It is also often referred to as the “reconciliation bill”.
BBB has funds to fight climate change, improve health care coverage and housing, provide free child care and preschool and more.
No Republican supports BBB.
BBB is in limbo due to latent disagreements between progressives and moderates in the House and Senate.
The AOC and the rest of the “team” voted no because they are upset that the two bills – tied together in the original deal to keep pressure on Democrats – have been decoupled.
That deal fell apart because Pelosi lives in the real world and couldn’t muster 218 votes to move BBB first.
Illinois House Republicans voting no have cited the BBB on hold. They argue that the passage of the infrastructure bill sets the stage for a vote on the BBB – and they wanted nothing to do with it.
LaHood said in a statement that he voted no because “the reality remains that the infrastructure bill and the reconciliation package are linked and cannot be considered separately. A vote for the infrastructure bill is a vote that paves the way for an extreme reconciliation spending bill… ”
Davis said in a statement he was “beyond disappointment” that Biden and Congressional Democrats “linked bipartisan infrastructure investments to their reckless multibillion-dollar tax and spending proposal “.
Bost said in a statement, Biden, “and the far left have made it clear that the passage of the infrastructure bill is tied to the approval of their massive, multi-billion dollar socialist spending folly. As a Tory. , I’m not prepared to help the DC Liberals fund their big government agenda. ”
By voting no, Miller, Davis, Bost and LaHood escaped Trump’s wrath – he said in a statement on Sunday, “very sad that the RINOs [Republicans in Name Only] in the House and the Senate gave a victory to Biden and the Democrats… ”
No matter what protests from Miller, LaHood, Bost and Davis – their districts will get historic levels of infrastructure funding, money they were willing to risk. Trump talked a big deal about an infrastructure bill – he totally agreed – but never delivered.
Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., The Trumpist who smuggles plots, attacked Kinzinger and the dozen others voting for the infrastructure bill, calling it in a tweet, the “Communist takeover of America “by Biden.
Kinzinger replied on Twitter: “Infrastructure = communism is new. Eisenhower’s interstate system should be destroyed, otherwise the Communists will be able to drive conveniently! “