UPDATED 10:06 AM PT – Tuesday, November 9, 2021
As infrastructure passes and the partisan Build Back Better spending bill continues to linger, Republicans are sending mixed messages about where they stand.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has remained a staunch supporter of the bipartisan infrastructure bill since the measure was first proposed. On Monday, the Kentucky Republican said he was delighted the measure finally passed the House after lingering on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) desk for months.
“I supported that measure,” he said. “It passed the Senate, went over to the House with 69 votes and sat there for months and months and months. So, I was delighted that the House finally found a way to pass the infrastructure bill last week.”
Although, not all Republicans were as happy the bill passed as McConnell was. Without the 13 Republican votes in favor, the bill would have actually failed in the House.
Colorado’s Lauren Boebert (R) said she believes if the bill hadn’t passed, Pelosi would have been humiliated and it would have given conservatives a uniting win. Instead, the bill passed because of the GOP’s efforts to reach across the aisle, and Boebert believes that only staunch conservatives should be a part of the House majority after 2022.
RINOS just passed this wasteful $1.2 trillion dollar “infrastructure” bill.
Pelosi did not have the votes in her party to pass this garbage.
Time to name names and hold these fake republicans accountable.
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) November 6, 2021
Despite the open wounds on infrastructure, the party is nearly wholly united in opposition to the Democrats’ partisan Build Back Better package. House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) believes the party is on the side of the vast majority of Americans.
He noted how nobody supports trillions more in spending. Instead, the recent elections show that voters are tired of politicians catering to the far-left of the Democrat Party.
“Tuesday’s results show an important truth,” said McCarthy. “Voters from Virginia, to Texas, to Seattle, to Minneapolis, to New Jersey, sent a mandate to their elected officials. Stop catering to the progressive left and work on solutions that will improve the lives of your constituents.”
Senate Minority Leader McConnell agreed, saying that Build Back Better is actually just more reckless spending without any significant benefits for the average American.
“The other bill they’re trying to pass could best be described as the reckless tax and spending bill, a massive addition of another $2 trillion the country is not asking for and doesn’t want, and we had a referendum on what they’re doing last Tuesday in Virginia and New Hampshire and New Jersey. I don’t think the American people are interested in seeing this go any further,” said the Republican.