House Approves $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Bill

The House approved a $1.2 trillion package of road and other infrastructure projects late Friday by a 228-206 vote, prompting prolonged cheers from the relieved Democratic side of the chamber. 

A breakthrough brokered by Biden and House leaders led moderates to agree to back the 10-year, $1.85 trillion bill — if CBO’s estimates are consistent with preliminary numbers that White House and congressional tax analysts have provided. 

In exchange, (some) progressives agreed to back the bipartisan infrastructure bill.

Source: PBS

Some swing district Republicans who crossed party lines to vote for the bill believe they can survive the fallout. Some of them are retiring, and some will seek re-election; some voted for impeachment and some did not.

  • Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-N.Y.) said she “voted against AOC and the squad tonight.”
  • Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.) said the bill is popular among his constituents, with broad support from farmers, unions and businesses — with internal polls showing two-thirds support or higher in his district.
  • Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) pledged to support primary challenges to those Republicans who voted for the bill, and she tweeted out their phone numbers, saying they “handed over their voting cards to Nancy Pelosi to pass Joe Biden’s Communist takeover of America via so-called infrastructure.”

Bacon shrugged: “She wouldn’t do too well in Omaha.”