Democratic governors hailed the passage of a bipartisan infrastructure package that will send billions of dollars to state coffers to launch new projects and rebuild dilapidated roads and bridges.
But only a handful of his Republican colleagues announced the bill, which garnered the votes of 19 Republican senators and 13 Republicans in the House.
“This bipartisan bill will put America’s infrastructure on the right track to create jobs and make our economy competitive for the 21st century without raising taxes or increasing debt,” said Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R ), it’s a statement. “After decades of stagnation, I am proud to have helped pressure the federal government to finally act.”
Hogan, who spent a year as president of the bipartisan National Governors Association (NGA) during the former President TrumpDonald Trump Former Goldman Sachs Chief On Infrastructure Vote: ‘Progressives Blinked’ FIXED: Guardian op-ed says Trump is probably ‘Biden’s best hope for re-election’ Trump punches Senate Republicans , McConnell on the MORE infrastructure billDuring his tenure, a bipartisan group of governors and members of Congress was organized to set priorities.
The current president of the NGA, the governor of Arkansas. Asa HutchinsonAsa Hutchinson: A bipartisan remedy for the wave of anti-LGBTQ legislative attacks? Passing the Equality Act Sunday Shows: Democrats’ Spending Plan in the Spotlight Arkansas Governor Says Mandates Are Raising Vaccine Doubt MORE (R), praised Congress for passing the bill.
Governors praise Congress for setting aside partisan differences to pass a bill that works for the American people. The states are ready to put these funds to good use immediately to repair and improve our nation’s infrastructure, ”Hutchinson said.
Hutchinson, who cannot run for reelection due to term limits, was the only governor of a reliable red state to comment on the bill. Vermont Governor Phil Scott (right) was the only other Republican governor to praise.
“This bill, with support from both sides of the aisle, is a very important step forward for our country and will significantly benefit our state,” Scott said. “We know that most Americans support infrastructure investments and seeing the bipartisan work, while difficult, to achieve it shows that we can still unite around common goals.”
In a series of statements of support, Democratic governors touted the billions earmarked for their states. Governor of California Gavin newsomGavin NewsomWinsome Sears: The Latest Black Conservative to Make Liberals Nervous Newsom Joins Department of Corrections to Appeal Prison Vaccination Mandate California Representatives Point to Backlog of Shipments at Ports with Bipartisan Legislation MORE (D) said his state expects to see more than $ 45 billion in dollars spent on roads, bridges, public transportation, water, and wildfire prevention projects. The Governor of Pennsylvania. Tom wolfTom Wolf Pennsylvania Governor Offers 5 Days of Paid Leave for State Employees to Vaccinate Michigan Governor Must Follow Pennsylvania School Choice Expansions Josh Shapiro Officially Launches Campaign for Pennsylvania Governor MORE (D) praised the “quality, well-paying union jobs” that he said the bill would create.
The disparity between Democratic and Republican governors is an extension of partisanship that infects the Capitol, where even the infrastructure, once virtually guaranteed to win bipartisan support, has become an area of contention. The small number of Republicans who voted for the package, mostly members representing urban areas and members of the old guard like Rep. Young giftDonald (Don) Edwin Young Legislators who opposed their parties on the infrastructure bill T Democrats seek to establish a green bank for clean energy projects The chamber passes a bill to expand workplace protections for breastfeeding mothers MORE (R-Alaska), was criticized by fellow conservatives who said they had helped advance Biden’s agenda.
Hogan, who is said to be considering running for president, criticized the convoluted path taken by Congressional Democrats to pass the measure, which progressives have long held as a bargaining chip to secure votes on the domestic policy agenda of Biden in a reconciliation package.
“I mean, [Biden] he almost snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. It should have been an overwhelming victory in August, and I think he shouldn’t have let the progressives in the House sidetrack him, “Hogan said on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday. “Joe bidenJoe Biden Biden criticizes Nicaragua’s ‘sham elections’, calls out Ortegas autocrats Amtrak boss describes expansion plans with infrastructure spending Former Goldman Sachs boss thinks about infrastructure vote: ‘Progressives blinked’ MORE he won a very close election by winning undecided voters, and they are not where the progressive caucus is, I can assure you, and the vast majority of Americans are not in favor of this second bill. “