By: Jared Evan
Democrats in New York are upset with two of the “squad’s” most prominent figures after they all voted against Biden’s costly $1.2Trillion infrastructure bill, meanwhile conservatives are fuming over several NY Republicans supporting the spending bonanza.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jamaal Bowman, both NY congressional members voted against the expansive and expensive Biden bill, which is filled with many items which Republicans do not consider “infrastructure”. AOC and Bowman had no problem with the price tag, the young radical NY Democrat Socialists, felt the bill did not go far enough, and was not “woke enough”.
Bowman and Ocasio-Cortez were among six Democrats who said no to the bill. The others were fellow “Squad” members anti-Semites Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), and extremist bigots Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Cori Bush (D-Mo.)
Meanwhile conservatives are upset with Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis, who was one of several Republicans who advanced Biden’s bill. Malliotakis correctly pointed out the bill does benefit “blue” NYC extensively, and like several local Democrats, criticized AOC in particular for voting against the bill which would benefit areas which Cortez represents.
“I think she did her district a disservice,” Congresswoman Malliotakis (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn) told The NY Post. “New York City benefits more than any other part of the country. It’s all hard infrastructure and all things that we desperately need.”
Malliotakis joined other statewide Republicans including Reps. John Katko (R-Syracuse), Tom Reed (R-Corning), and Andrew Garbarino (R-Sayville)
NY Post reported:
Progressives had originally hoped to tie the infrastructure legislation to the more expansive social-spending Build Back Better bill. Price-conscious Democratic centrists refused to consider the latter bill until it got a green light from the Congressional Budget Office, earning the ire of lefty hard-liners like Bowman.
Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Monday that he was “delighted” to hear Congress passed the $1.2 trillion so-called bipartisan infrastructure bill, granting President Joe Biden a significant legislative victory.
“I was delighted to hear that the House finally found a way to pass the infrastructure bill last week,” McConnell, one of the 19 Senate Republicans to vote for the bill, said during an event in northern Kentucky.
“This will be the first time I’ve come up here in a quarter of a century when I thought maybe there was a way forward on the Brent Spence Bridge,” he added.
McConnell noted Kentucky will receive roughly $4.6 billion in infrastructure funding from the so-called bipartisan infrastructure bill, or the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) managed to pass the bill Friday night after 13 House Republicans gave Democrats the necessary votes.
Despite McConnell’s praise for the bill, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) found that the bill would add $256 billion to the deficit, and the Penn-Wharton Budget Model said the bill would add no “significant” level of economic growth, Breitbart pointed out.
Hidden at the very bottom of the $1 trillion infrastructure bill that President Joe Biden will soon sign is the “Minority Business Development Act,” which grants the federal government broad spending powers to help “socially or economically disadvantaged” individuals.