‘We’re just getting started’: Biden brags on House Dems passing infrastructure bill

In the darkness of night, with the television cameras off, and with most of America not thinking about politics on a Friday night, Democrats — and a handful of Republican defectors — passed the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill.

According to Fox News, President Joe Biden appeared quite happy about the development, which came in the wake of Democrats suffering an absolute political bloodbath in Tuesday’s election. At a press conference over the weekend, Biden told reporters, “We’re just getting started.”

“Folks, yesterday I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to suggest that we took a monumental step forward as a nation,” Biden said in reference to the House passing the legislation.

The president added: “And we’re just getting started, we did something that’s been long overdue, that long has been talked about in Washington, but never actually been done.”

What happened?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) spent the better part of Friday desperately attempting to bring together the radical progressive wing of her party and the moderates in an attempt to hash out negotiations on bring the bill to a vote.

Given her narrow majority in the lower chamber, her efforts were nearly tanked by a handful — six to be exact — of progressives, including members of the “Squad,” who vowed to not take action on the bill unless the $1.75 trillion social spending bill was also voted on.

Fortunately, for Pelosi, she managed to gain the support of a staggering 13 Republican House members to pass the bill with a 228–206 vote, which otherwise would have been dead in the water.

Many of the Republicans who sided with Democrats on the legislation happened to also be on a list of retiring GOP lawmakers, however, those who don’t have retirement plans will likely be aggressively primaried and defeated next year as the 2022 midterm elections near.

Republicans called out

The 13 Republicans who joined Dems in passing the bill were immediately called out by conservative House members, including by Rep. Majorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who published their list of names on Twitter.

Greene said those Republicans “handed over their voting cards to Nancy Pelosi to pass Joe Biden’s Communist takeover of America via so-called infrastructure.”

Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY) defended her vote in favor of the bill, claiming that she did it as a strategy to prevent Dems from passing the larger social spending package.

“It is my hope that now that the bipartisan infrastructure bill has passed, we have weakened the socialist’s negotiating hand and perhaps even killed this radical socialist spending spree once and for all,” Malliotakis said.

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