U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell voted yes to invest $1 trillion in the nation’s infrastructure, breaking stride with the Republican party and drawing much criticism.
Despite publicly declaring that his priority was stopping the Biden agenda, the Senate Minority Leader McConnell said in a statement, “I was proud to support today’s historic bipartisan infrastructure deal and prove to both sides of the political aisle can still come together around common-sense solutions.”
19 Senate Republicans voted in favor of the bill, and have been blasted by other Republicans across the nation. They face criticism for green-lighting big spending and their craving for the illusion of bipartisanship with Democrats. Instead of presenting their vision, Republicans are making way for Joe Biden’s progressive American Families Plan.
The approval came after months of negotiations and despite deficit concerns, reflecting an appetite in both parties for the long-awaited spending package.
Former President Trump had urged Republicans to block the bill, but even former Trump ally Lindsey Graham (R-SC) voted in favor of the bill in the end. Trump’s attempt to stop the bill’s passage shows the little sway the former president has on Republican votes in the Senate. Republicans who opposed the bill cited its costs and said plans to offset costs were not robust enough.