Democrats have been working hard to spend taxpayers into oblivion. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi simply won’t stop until she gets her way.
Pelosi pushed for a vote on the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill despite objections for liberal Democrats, the Washington Examiner reported. The left has been champing at the bit for years for such a bloated windfall and Pelosi was not about to waste the opportunity.
The California Democrat conveyed a sense of urgency in getting it passed to repair bridges, roads, and expand broadband among other projects. However, some in her own party were waiting to pass the handout-laden $1.75 trillion Build Back Better legislation first, using it as leverage.
“We have waited a while,” Pelosi said about her determination to push forward. “We had hoped to do it sooner, but we can’t wait too much later for legislation.”
Pelosi’s calculated risk paid off when the bill passed 228-206 in the House of Representatives Friday, the Washington Post reported. She picked up more than 10 Republican votes in the process, and President Joe Biden used it to take a victory lap Saturday while speaking at the White House.
“I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to suggest that we took a monumental step forward as a nation,” Biden said joined by Vice President Kamala Harris. “We did something long overdue, that has long been talked about in Washington, but never actually done.”
The bill had already passed the Senate 69-30 in August. The final moment will be when Biden signs it, which he’s planning to do at a special ceremony for the occasion.
It’s shameful that Republicans would join Democrats for such a behemoth spending package when they simply don’t have to. Pelosi got her way, but voters might have theirs come the 2022 midterm elections.