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Infrastructure Bill Could Lose Republican Support

If it's tied to the budget.

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Republicans are threatening to tie voting for the infrastructure bill to the Biden budget. If they do chaos will ring forth, as the Squad may move in and drastically affect the legislation.

FNC: “As Democrats charge ahead with writing their massive $3.5 trillion spending bill, which they aim to pass on a party-line vote through budget reconciliation, at least one moderate Republican is warning the bipartisan infrastructure bill may lose GOP votes because it’s too intertwined with the reconciliation bill.

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Last month, PSC Co-Chairman Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., told Fox News he believed there were more Republicans willing to vote for the infrastructure bill than there would be Democrats willing to vote against it without a reconciliation bill. He qualified that statement by saying, ‘If the [infrastructure bill] is linked to any other bill or held up for months, that support would fall apart.’ ”

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“I think Nancy Pelosi did this whole process a real disservice by linking them together so strongly and she continues to do that. And that makes it very difficult to bring Republicans to the party,” Dusty Johnson, R-SD, told press Wednesday. “I think for honest, forthright fiscal conservatives, it’s hard to get excited about the trillion dollar deal if in any way it makes it more likely that the three-and-a-half trillion dollar deal passes.”

“I think if reconciliation were to just die tomorrow and know we were able to put that monstrosity to bed, I think you would see somewhere between 50 and 100 Republican votes on infrastructure,” he said. Johnson that the infrastructure bill “looks lousy as long as the reconciliation package lives.”

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“Speaker Pelosi is absolutely holding the infrastructure bill hostage. … There are not just nine or 10 Democrats who are concerned about how breathtakingly large the $4.7 trillion combined package is. I mean there might be 100 Democrats that have some concerns,” Johnson said. “And I think Nancy Pelosi is an expert at leverage. … And I think she understands how to put some of these Democrats into a box. I think the path forward looks incredibly murky. I wouldn’t even try to hazard a guess. What we know is that the ‘Squad,’ these folks are legislative terrorists, they love to take hostages.”

This piece was written by David Kamioner on September 17, 2021. It originally appeared in DrewBerquist.com and is used by permission.

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