Thirteen Republicans in the United States House helped clear the margin needed to pass Democrats’ $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure bill on Friday night, including Representative Tom Reed.
Reed was among four New York Republicans who voted in favor of the infrastructure measure – the others being Rep. John Katko, Rep. Nicole Malliotakis and Rep. Andrew Garbarino.
Reed, who will not stand for re-election in 2022 due to a sexual harassment scandal that erupted in March, made no statement after the vote, which took place late Friday.
Six progressive Democrats also voted against the bill, unhappy that many of their social spending demands had been removed from the overall agenda of President Joe Biden and the Democrats. The bill would have failed on Friday if the 13 Republicans had not voted yes.
Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer of New York hailed the passage of the “historic legislation” bill in the House, saying it would bring billions of dollars to the Empire State.
“The two-party infrastructure is a record deal and a unique investment in New York’s infrastructure,” Schumer said in a statement. “Whether it’s our transit system, critical bridge or highway repairs, repairing our metro tunnels, improving security at our airports, bridging the digital divide or ensuring safe drinking water for all, this bill will rebuild and revive the infrastructure of the Empire State and create well-paying jobs for the communities that need them most.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, DN.Y., tweeted: “Congress just made the biggest investment in infrastructure in our country in almost a century! This historic bill will create millions of good jobs, help rebuild our roads and bridges, expand broadband and more. Now let’s finish the job and pass the Build Back Better Act.
Schumer said New York will receive $ 11.5 billion for reauthorization allocations, $ 1.9 billion from a new vehicle bridge repair formula program, nearly $ 1 billion for airport improvements ( $ 790,000 each for Cattaraugus-Olean County and Wellsville Airports); and $ 142 million for electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
The bill also includes billions for improving water and sewerage infrastructure and mitigating pollution.
Representative Glenn Thompson, the Pennsylvania congressman from Center County whose district includes McKean, Cameron and Elk counties, voted against the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act because Democrats tied it to a proposed spending law that is full of budget gimmicks and will cost US taxpayers. billions of dollars.
Thompson said “there is an opportunity to come together and draft a bipartisan, bicameral bill to tackle aging America’s infrastructure,” but Democrats will continue to seek greater social spending.
“To add insult to injury, the bill does not adequately address one of the most critical infrastructure needs, broadband connectivity,” Thompson said. “This is completely unacceptable and further reflects how out of touch (House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.) Is from the concerns of everyday American families.”
Rep. Fred Keller, of Snyder County, Pa., A Republican whose congressional district includes Potter County, said he voted no on President Pelosi’s “infrastructure bill” because it s owe more to future generations than to repair roads, bridges and critical infrastructure. .
“Less than half of that bill goes to traditional infrastructure,” Keller said. Worse, it paves the way for the Washington Democrats’ reconciliation package that includes socialist priorities like a tax on natural gas, a mass amnesty for illegal aliens, Green New Deal warrants and 87,000 new US agents. IRS to spy on your bank accounts. “
He noted that the vote took place “under cover of darkness while the American people slept.” Big government spending is out of control.