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GOP US Senate Candidates Oppose Infrastructure “Lining Up Against The Bipartisan Deal”

A new report from CNN highlights that while “Democrats are running on the Senate’s bipartisan [infrastructure] bill, bolstered by national polls showing broad support for investing in US infrastructure,” Republicans in GOP U.S. Senate primaries across the country are “lining up against the bipartisan deal […] reflecting not only the heightened partisanship […] but also how primaries incentivize candidates to demonstrate purity to their base voters.”

CNN: GOP Senate candidates align with Trump in bashing bipartisan infrastructure bill

By Manu Raju and Alex Rogers | 8/6/21

  • “In intraparty contests throughout the country, Republican candidates are lining up against the bipartisan deal — and lining up with Trump — reflecting not only the heightened partisanship in American politics but also how primaries incentivize candidates to demonstrate purity to their base voters.”
  • “The massive bipartisan infrastructure package, called the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, features $550 billion in new federal spending on roads, bridges, passenger and freight rail, the electric grid, broadband Internet access, water infrastructure, transit systems and charging stations for electric vehicles.” 
  • “In Tillis’ state of North Carolina, the consensus is clear: The three top GOP candidates —former Gov. Pat McCrory, Rep. Ted Budd and former Rep. Mark Walker — are flatly opposed to the bill.”
  • “But Republicans who back the bill say it’s sorely needed to help rebuild roads, bridges, waterways and bolster rural broadband.” 
  • “None of the top Ohio GOP candidates — Mandel, a former Ohio Treasurer, former Ohio Republican Party chairwoman Jane Timken, Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance and businessmen Bernie Moreno and Mike Gibbons — support the deal.”
  • “Meanwhile, Democrats are running on the Senate’s bipartisan bill, bolstered by national polls showing broad support for investing in US infrastructure.”

Read the full CNN report here.


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