Mitch McConnell ignores Trump’s attacks and insists he is ‘proud’ of backing Biden’s $1.2trillion infrastructure bill because it is good for Kentucky
- McConnell called the new law ‘extremely good for our state’
- He said he was ‘proud of my vote’ for it
- He noted it did not raise taxes or roll back 2017 tax cuts
- He was not at the White House for Monday’s pep rally, but senior GOP Sen. Rob Portman spoke
- McConnell is still trying to stop Biden’s $1.8 trillion Build Back Better plan
- Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked ‘Old Crow’ McConnell for allowing infrastructure to move
- He has previously said it was ‘good for the country’ and he’s ‘glad it passed’
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell continues to talk up the bipartisan infrastructure bill that President Joe Biden signed into law Monday – saying it is ‘extremely good’ for his home state of Kentucky.
McConnell skipped the Monday pep rally and signing ceremony that Biden oversaw at the White House – although senior Republican Rob Portman of Ohio, who helped negotiate the deal and who is retiring – attended.
‘I’ve watched each of the two previous administrations struggle with the issue of how to meet the infrastructure needs of the country,’ McConnell told reporters in the Senate Tuesday – acknowledging former President Donald Trump’s failure to push through an infrastructure bill.
‘I’m proud of my vote,’ Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said of his support for the infrastructure legislation that President Joe Biden signed into law Monday
‘Seventy-five percent of the American people support infrastructure, unlike the other issues we are talking about,’ he said, in a dig at Biden’s ‘Build Back Better’ plan.
‘I joined 18 other Senate Republicans feeling like now is the time to address it. The infrastructure bill did not raise taxes. It did not revisit the 2017 tax bill,’ he said, in reference to the Trump tax cuts. ‘From the Kentucky point of view it is extremely good for our state,’ he continued.
‘I’m proud of my vote, and members are obviously free to choose how they wanted to vote. And in the Senate, 19 Senate Republicans felt it was the right thing to do for the country,’ he added.
McConnell’s defense of the law came on a day Biden flew to New Hampshire to tout its funds for roads and bridges. He flies to Detroit on Wednesday to sell provisions to build electric vehicle charging stations and and lower greenhouse gas emissions. It is also expected to steer billions to Kentucky and Ohio, with funds helping build to ease congestion at the Brent Spence Bridge across the Ohio River by building a companion bridge.
Former President Donald Trump attacked McConnell for backing a bill he called a ‘socialist infrastructure plan’
The infrastructure law will steer billions to Kentucky and Ohio, with funds expected to help ease congestion at the Brent Spence Bridge across the Ohio River by building a companion bridge
Trump has repeatedly gone after McConnell for allowing the bill to clear the Senate –McConnell essentially green lit GOP negotiators to make the deal.
‘Old Crow Mitch McConnell voted for a terrible Democrat Socialist Infrastructure Plan,’ Trump fumed, using a personal attack he has deployed repeatedly against McConnell, who denounced him after the Jan. 6th riot but voted to acquit him during both impeachments.
His support for the bill wasn’t enough to get him to the White House Monday. ‘No, I’ve got other things I’ve got to do other than go to the signing ceremony,’ he told WHAS radio in Kentucky.