Former President Donald Trump is pulling no punches when it comes to the 13 congressional Republicans who voted to pass the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, delivering a one-two combo to those individuals during a speech he delivered at this week’s National Republican Congressional Committee dinner held in Tampa, Florida.
Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, one of the 13, was present at the event.
Sources who attended the dinner on Monday evening stated that Trump came out swinging for the fences against GOP lawmakers, and stated that while he was friendly toward House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Malliotakis, a Republican from New York, was “visibly shaken,” by the former president’s statements, according to reports from the New York Post, who quoted an unnamed source.
Last Friday, the House passed the infrastructure bill by 220-206, with six Democrats voting against it. The measure would not have passed without the 13 Republicans, including Malliotakis, voting for it. Trump also slammed the party members in a statement earlier this week.
In his speech at the Tampa event on Monday, Trump complained that passing the bill gave President Joe Biden a win when his numbers were soft, and that “no thank you goes to the Republicans who voted for the bill,” reports The Daily Mail.
The Republicans who supported the bill said it provided money for infrastructure projects their districts need, reports Fox News.
Here is a list of the other Republicans who voted in favor of this bill other than Malliotakis: Reps. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois; Don Bacon, Nebraska; Don Young, Alaska; John Katko, Tom Reed, and Andrew Garbarino, all of New York; Brian Fitzpatrick, Pennsylvania; Chris Smith and Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey; Fred Upton, Michigan; Anthony Gonzalez, Ohio; and David McKinley, West Virginia.
“Malliotakis defended her vote through a video posted on Twitter, saying the bill is “incredibly good” and that it is not the same as the Democrats’ “Build Back Better” bill, which she called a “socialist spending spree,” the Newsmax story said.
Other folks who voted “yes” on the bill released similar statements defending their choice to vote in favor of the legislation, stating they believe it will make both the country and the states they are from, a whole lot stronger.
“Most of the hard infrastructure bill is paid for by unspent COVID money that was already appropriated by Congress,” Bacon went on to state in a statement. “This is not the Bernie Sanders’ Socialist Budget Busting Bill, which would’ve cost American taxpayers their hard-earned money. When that bill does come to the floor for a vote, I will be a hard ‘NO.’”