House GOP Lawmaker Takes Credit For Infrastructure Funding He Voted Against

After Democrats handed their COVID-19 reduction laws earlier this 12 months, Republicans took credit score for provisions within the common invoice although they voted towards it.

Now, Republican lawmakers are beginning to take action once more with the infrastructure invoice President Joe Biden signed into legislation this week.

In a press launch issued by his workplace on Monday, Alabama Rep. Gary Palmer touted funding within the invoice aimed toward connecting communities within the Appalachian area of the nation to nationwide interstate highways, one thing that can profit his district, which encompasses town of Birmingham.

“Birmingham is currently one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country without a complete beltline around it. Completing the Northern Beltline will benefit the entire region and enhance economic development and employment opportunities,” Palmer mentioned in an announcement.

An accompanying tweet issued by the congressman additionally touted funding for the mission, although it omitted the truth that he voted towards it.

Only 13 House Republicans voted for the invoice, which incorporates funding for roads, bridges, highways, railways and ports.

The Alabama congressman mentioned that whereas he supported some components of the invoice, he opposed others, resembling its provisions to spice up renewable power and local weather resilience. For instance, the laws consists of $47 billion to assist communities put together for excessive fires, floods, storms and droughts ― pure disasters which have solely accelerated with the onset of local weather change.

“I fully support funding for infrastructure that is focused on national priorities rather than wasting hundreds of billions of dollars on a Green New Deal wish list and programs under the guise of human infrastructure that simply expand government control of our lives,” Palmer mentioned after the House handed the invoice final week.

“At least the bill includes legislation which I introduced with Rep. David Trone (D-Md.) that includes funding for the Birmingham Northern Beltline,” he added.

Palmer is a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus. According to CNN, some members of the group are looking for to punish their 13 Republican colleagues who joined Democrats in voting for the infrastructure invoice. One possibility into account is probably transferring to strip them of their committee assignments, the most recent purity check within the GOP within the age of Donald Trump.

Trump has criticized the House and Senate Republicans who voted for the invoice, complaining they helped give Biden a political win. Nineteen Senate Republicans voted for the invoice earlier this 12 months; a few of them even joined Biden on the White House on Monday for a invoice signing ceremony.

Biden hailed the invoice on the occasion as “proof that despite the cynics, Democrats and Republicans can come together and deliver results.”


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