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Republicans Fail to Unify, Allow Biden Spending Bill to Pass

Republicans Fail to Unify, Allow Biden Spending Bill to Pass

The House of Representatives is set to vote on President Joe Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill by September 27. This was set up by the House approving a $3.5 trillion budget plan earlier this week.

While the budget plan was approved, it was not smooth sailing for the democrats. The plan passed by a vote of 220-212, but a group of nine democrats briefly opposed, threatening both the budget and infrastructure plans. But ultimately, they fell in line.

That has been the difference between republicans and democrats regarding the infrastructure bill: unity. While democrats ultimately fell in line and voted as a party on the budget plan, republicans failed to do so in the Senate when voting on the infrastructure bill. A total of 19 Senate republicans voted to approve the infrastructure bill, publicly going against former President Donald Trump. Among the 19 was Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Due to the party splitting in the Senate, the democrats simply need to approve it in the House of Representatives, where they own a majority, before sending the bill to Biden’s desk to be written into law.  House Minority Speaker Kevin McCarthy claimed he would do “everything in our power to stop” the infrastructure bill from passing in the House on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”

McCarthy did not elaborate on how he will prevent the bill from passing, as democrats, unlike Senate republicans, got on the same page prior to the vote. Unless something changes, House democrats will likely remain unified on the infrastructure vote, pass it, and send it to Biden’s desk.

Until republicans follow a similar strategy and fully unite, these results will continue to happen.

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