Republican Representative Who Supported Infrastructure Bill: ‘These Are The Things People Expect When They Pay Taxes’

A Republican House of Representatives lawmaker who voted in favor of the bipartisan infrastructure bill said she supported the legislation because “these are the things people expect when they pay taxes.”

Freshman Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (RN.Y.) told host John Berman on CNN’s “New Day” Monday that she voted to send the bill to President BidenJoe Biden Biden criticizes Nicaragua’s ‘bogus elections’, calls out Ortegas autocrats Amtrak boss describes expansion plans with infrastructure spending Former Goldman Sachs boss thinks about infrastructure vote: ‘Progressives blinked’ MOREdesk for final approval because you allocated funds that would provide a critical boost to infrastructure in your district.

“For years, maybe decades, Republicans and Democrats, local and national leaders, haven’t really kept up with the infrastructure. And that’s one of the key things that taxpayers really pay for, ”Malliotakis said.

“When they pay their taxes they want basic things and roads and bridges and tunnels and ports, making sure that, you know, they have clean water, making sure they have a proper sewage system, these are the things that people expect when they pay taxes. , “she added.

The House of Representatives voted on Friday night in a bipartisan fashion to send the $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure bill to Biden’s desk, culminating months of negotiations that dragged on due to internal disagreements within the Democratic Party.

Thirteen House Republicans voted with Democrats to promote the bill, while six progressive Democrats opposed their party and voted against the legislation to protest the lack of a vote on a broader social spending package.

The Senate passed the bipartisan infrastructure bill in August, although internal Democratic clashes prevented the House from voting on the legislation immediately thereafter.

Malliotakis told Berman that he is looking to use funds allocated in the bill for flood management, upgrade subway signs and equipment, complete the high occupancy vehicle lane on the Staten Island Expressway, reinforce infrastructure. sewer and finish the boardwalk to the coast.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues here at the local level and the mayor and governor to ensure that money is spent wisely, and that it is spent appropriately and for the projects we so desperately need,” he added.

Malliotakis was also asked about the political pressure he could face for his support of the infrastructure bill, after first-year Republican GOP representatives Madison Cawthorn (NC) and Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneGOP’s Efforts to Minimize the Danger of Capitol Riots Increase Memorandum: Now What for Anti-Trump Republicans? Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene Says She Will Meet With Trump ‘Soon’ In Florida MORE (Georgia) criticized Republicans who voted in favor of the legislation.

Cawthorn said he would “remove the primary” to anyone who votes for the bill, and Greene said Republicans who supported the legislation “would feel the wrath of the Republican voter.”

Malliotakis dismissed the threats, telling Berman, “I don’t work for anyone except my constituents, the people of Staten Island and Brooklyn, and I’m going to do what’s best for them.”

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