13 Republicans Save the Squad from Voting for Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 15: U.S. Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) listen during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol on July 15, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump stepped up his attacks on the four progressive Democratic congresswomen, saying that if they're …
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Thirteen House Republicans on Friday saved the progressive “Squad” from voting for the $1.2 trillion so-called bipartisan infrastructure bill.

Thirteen House Republicans voted for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The bill passed 228-206, meaning that the bill did not receive support from 218 Democrats, and Republicans gave Democrats the necessary votes for it to pass Congress’s lower chamber.

This is similar to how 19 Senate Republicans gave Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) the votes to reach the 60 plus-vote majority needed for the bill to pass through the Senate.

Reps. John Katko (R-NY), Don Bacon (R-NE), Jeff Van Drew (R-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), Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH), and Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) voted yes on the bill.

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 12: Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) talks to reporters follow a House Republican conference meeting in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center on May 12, 2021 in Washington, DC. GOP members decided to remove Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) from her leadership position after she become a target for former President Donald Trump and his followers in the House as she has continually expressed the need for the Republican Party to separate themselves from Trump over his role in the January 6 attack on the Capitol. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 12: Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) talks to reporters follow a House Republican conference meeting in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center on May 12, 2021 in Washington, DC. GOP members decided to remove Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) from her leadership position after she become a target for former President Donald Trump and his followers in the House as she has continually expressed the need for the Republican Party to separate themselves from Trump over his role in the January 6 attack on the Capitol. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Six progressive Democrats voted against the bill Friday, and their votes could have given House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) the needed 218-plus votes for the bipartisan bill to pass through the House.

Reps. Cori Bush (D-MO), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) voted against the bill.

Reporters noticed that Pressley voted no right after Democrats received the 218 votes necessary for the bill to pass.

Thus, Republican votes for the so-called bipartisan infrastructure bill gave progressives enough space to vote against the legislation.

Republicans’ votes for the so-called bipartisan infrastructure bill enraged House conservatives.

In a statement Friday, Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) said “that 13 House Republicans provided the votes needed to pass this is absurd.”

“Republicans who voted for the Democrats’ socialist spending bill are the very reason why Americans don’t trust Congress,” Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) wrote.

“There’s a lot of Democrats who call themselves Republicans in the U.S. House,” Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) said.

He added, “Vote for this infrastructure bill and I will primary the hell out of you.”

Sean Moran is a congressional reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.

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