DemocratsAre promoting roads and bridges as a key campaign issue in the 2022 midterm elections. They highlight local projects that can benefit from the infrastructure bill, and are going after RepublicansWho voted for it.
“We cannot forget that our state’s senior senator, Marco Rubio, fought this effort. It was a… He voted against economic opportunity and relief,” Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.), who is running to unseat Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), said Wednesday at a small business roundtable in Florida.
President is currently waiting for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Joe Biden’s signature, will make the biggest investment in America’s infrastructure system in decades, creating jobs and bolstering the economy in the process. The money ― $1.2 trillion over eight years ― is aimed at overhauling the nation’s roads, bridges, railways, ports, utilities, internet access and more.
This measure also has political benefits. Democrats, especially after their losses in last week’s off-year elections in Virginia and New Jersey, where Republicans made big gains. It’s one they hope will cushion their incumbents against other economic headaches like inflation and supply chain issues.
Democratic legislators and candidates can look forward now to issuing positive press release and attending ribbon-cutting ceremonies to support local infrastructure projects. Bringing home the bacon is as popular with members of Congress as ever, and lawmakers didn’t waste any time touting their work on the bill this week.
“Passage of the bipartisan infrastructure package is a true game-changer for New Hampshire,” Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), who is perhaps the most vulnerable Democratic Senate incumbent, said Tuesday at a press conference by the Amoskeag Bridge in Manchester. “The investments in this bill will pave the way to create new jobs, help our economy thrive, and outcompete China.”
The Democrats could have some difficulty proving the impact of the bill immediately to the public, but they can. The construction of things such as roads and bridges can take time. In some cases, it may even take longer for the federal government’s to issue contracts. However, the benefits could last a lifetime.
In the Senate, 19 Republicans voted for the bill ― no small feat in today’s polarized climate. The group included Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who called the bill a “godsend” for his state.
The incumbent GOP senators targeted by Democrats ― Rubio in Florida, and Ron Johnson in Wisconsin ― opposed the measure. All Republican candidates in Ohio (Pennsylvania) and North Carolina (the three vacant Senate seats in next year’s election), opposed the measure, as did the Republican candidates seeking defeat in Nevada, Arizona, and Georgia.
“Republicans will have to explain why they are standing against creating more good-paying jobs and investing in their states’ roads, bridges, clean drinking water and high-speed Internet,” Jazmin Vargas, spokesperson for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said in a statement. “And in 2022, voters will hold GOP Senate candidates accountable for prioritizing their own self-serving politics at the expense of working families.”
Only 13 Republicans voted in favor of the bill at the House. Some are facing a tough decision. death threatsOver their votes and accusations of treason made by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. Incendiary Georgia Congresswoman tweetedThe office telephone numbers of the colleagues she supported were provided to her, encouraging her followers to voice their dissatisfaction.
It is striking that Republicans are continuing to follow Donald Trump’s lead on infrastructure issues, despite the fact they split the party. Trump proposed massive infrastructure improvements when he was running for President but resigned.
Trump lashed out at the Senate Republicans and the House Republicans that voted in support of the bill, saying it had given Biden an electoral win.
“Very sad that the RINOs in the House and Senate gave Biden and Democrats a victory on the ‘Non-Infrastructure’ Bill,” Trump said in a statement on Sunday. “All Republicans who voted for Democrat longevity should be ashamed of themselves, in particular Mitch McConnell, for granting a two month stay which allowed the Democrats time to work things out at our Country’s, and the Republican Party’s, expense!”