It was an epic humiliation when Donald Trump tried to get Republicans to oppose the bipartisan infrastructure bill, but instead 17 of them voted to move it forward.
Here is the list of the 17 Republican Senators who voted to propose the bill:
- Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO)
- Senator Richard Burr (R-NC)
- Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)
- Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA)
- Senator Susan Collins (R-ME)
- Joyful. Kevin Cramer (R-ND)
- Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID)
- Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
- Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
- sen. John Hoeven (R-ND)
- Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
- Joyful. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
- Senator Rob Portman (R-OH)
- Sen. James Risch (R-ID)
- Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT)
- Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC)
- Senator Todd Young (R-IN)
Trump’s efforts to block the law resulted in more Republicans supporting it
Trump had spent weeks trying to get Republican senators to block the law because he was jealous that Republicans were working with Biden when he couldn’t pass infrastructure laws during his presidency.
Lawrence O’Donnell pointed out that Trump’s opposition caused Republican support to double:
Lawrence O’Donnell points out that Trump’s attempt to block the bipartisan infrastructure bill resulted in a doubling of Republican support for advancing the law. pic.twitter.com/2rXKAaWmpv
– Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) July 29, 2021
A note on Krysten Sinema and the Infrastructure Coordination Act
By the way, people should ignore Senator Kyrsten Sinema’s claim that she will not support the reconciliation infrastructure law. Sinema’s full comments made it clear that she wants something in the bill for Arizona. Sinema has been speaking to the White House and its Senate Democrats for weeks.
There’s a reason Biden and Schumer are so confident that the Reconciliation Infrastructure Act will be passed. Sinema won’t kill the law, and she won’t be the last Democratic senator trying to get something for her vote.
Trump was (again) completely humiliated
Without the power of the presidency or even his Twitter account, Donald Trump has no power over Republican senators. The orange emperor has no clothes, and he has shown once again that only bad things happen when he tries to meddle in the Senate.
Instead of stopping the law, Trump doubled Republican support, which took his political ineptitude to a whole new level.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also the White House press pool and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
Awards and professional memberships
Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association