A team of 18 Senate Republicans has agreed to move forward a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill in bipartisan move with Democrats, despite not even reading the bill — a huge slap in the face of their GOP constituents.
The Senate voted to invoke cloture, including votes from 17 of the 18 Republicans, to move the bill forward even though the written bill does not yet exist.
In a statement, Sens. Rick Scott (R-FL), Mike Lee (R-UT), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Mike Braun (R-IN) said they could not vote to advance the bill.
They wrote, “Congress can’t keep spending trillions of dollars we don’t have. The infrastructure package announced today continues the trend in Congress of insane deficit spending.”
They added, “Let’s not forget, this is just the first step in the Democrats’ plan to pass their $5.5 trillion tax and spend liberal wish list. Our nation is facing a nearly $30 TRILLION federal debt crisis. There are real infrastructure needs across the country. But, with growing inflation and many families struggling to financially recover from the events of the last year, it is not wise to throw fuel on the fire that is the raging inflation crisis and labor shortage we are seeing across America.
“Needless to say, we will not support this legislation.”
I voted no on #infrastructure a week ago because there was no legislative text.
My mind hasn’t changed. There’s still no legislative text or explanation on how to pay for a $1T infrastructure plan.
— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) July 28, 2021
Scott offered perhaps the best response in his tweet. H said no “because there was no legislative text.” How anyone can say yes to a non-existent bill is difficult to understand, but so is the fact that 18 Republican Senators would agree to such a deal.