(TargetLiberty.org) – Republicans and Democrats have been working for weeks to come up with a bipartisan infrastructure bill. They thought they had an agreement in late June. However, things quickly fell apart after President Joe Biden spoke with reporters about Democrats forcing through a second bill using reconciliation, a measure that would allow Democrats to pass the bill without a single Republican vote.
On Wednesday, July 28, it appears negotiators were able to come up with a compromise bill, though the specifics have yet to be worked out. A total of 17 Republicans voted with Democrats to begin legislative action on the measure. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was among the Republicans who defected.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has vowed to bring the bill up for a full Senate vote before the chamber retires for its August recess.
Has a Herd of RINOs Invaded the GOP?
It’s important to take a minute to note the recent history of some of the Republican senators who voted with Democrats to advance the bipartisan infrastructure bill. Five of them also voted to convict Trump at the conclusion of his second impeachment trial earlier this year.
They include Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Mitt Romney (R-UT).
Curiously, Senators Ben Sasse (R-NE) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) voted to convict Trump, but sided with the majority of Republicans who voted against the infrastructure bill.
Donald Trump Responds to Bipartisan Vote on Infrastructure Bill
As one might expect, former President Donald Trump was quick to respond to the news of the mass defection. He said passage of the bill would be a huge win for Biden and Democrats who haven’t been able to get along amongst themselves long enough to get any meaningful legislation passed. That’s aside from the lone exception of one rather benign coronavirus relief package.
Trump said he found it difficult to believe that Senate Republicans chose to deal with “radical” Democrats using “SUPER RINO Mitt Romney.” (RINO refers to “Republican in name only,” basically traitors to the GOP’s ideals).
Continuing, he said the bipartisan infrastructure package was “a terrible deal” and a “loser for the USA” that only served to make Republicans look “weak, foolish, and dumb.”
Should Republicans Have Held out for a Less Expensive Package?
There’s some talk among insiders that Republicans should have held out for a better and less expensive package. And, while it’s true that less can often turn out to be more, a reasonable argument can be made for passing a bipartisan measure.
The 2022 midterm elections are around the corner, and passing a meaningful infrastructure bill could help Republicans in purple states. It’s key for the nation’s future for the GOP to reassume control of the House and Senate, and if this measure helps them achieve that goal, what’s the harm?
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