Florida’s reaction to U.S. House passage of $1 trillion infrastructure bill

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The House passed the measure 228-206 late Friday.

The House approved a $1 trillion package of road and other infrastructure projects after Democrats resolved a months-long standoff between progressives and moderates, notching a victory that President Joe Biden and his party had become increasingly anxious to claim.

The House passed the measure 228-206 late Friday, prompting prolonged cheers from the relieved Democratic side of the chamber. Thirteen Republicans, mostly moderates, supported the legislation while six of Democrats’ farthest left members — including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Cori Bush of Missouri — opposed it.

Approval of the bill, which would create legions of jobs and improve broadband, water supplies and other public works, whisked it to the desk of a president whose approval ratings have dropped and whose nervous party got a cold shoulder from voters in this week’s off-year elections.

Here is a collection of reactions to passage of the legislation from Florida’s congressional delegation:

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist:

“Robust investment in America’s crumbling infrastructure — safeguarding our drinking water, repairing our roads and bridges, upgrading our ports – is long overdue. With this blockbuster bill, we’re creating millions of good-paying jobs, investing in Florida’s future, and Building Back Better. This historic, bipartisan bill will also deliver new infrastructure for the 21st century: high-speed rail, solar-powered mass transit, and other innovations that will reduce traffic and protect the environment. It’s about delivering tangible results that will benefit day-to-day life for all Americans.”

U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy:

“The bipartisan infrastructure bill will dramatically improve quality of life in Florida by providing residents with better roads and bridges, modern air and seaports, high-speed broadband, and clean water. I’ve been fighting for this historic legislation since it passed the Senate in August and am thrilled we are finally sending it to the President’s desk to be signed into law. I’m pleased we also advanced the separate Build Back Better Act for further consideration. I’m committed to enacting a fiscally-disciplined bill that combats the existential threat of climate change, lowers the cost of prescription drugs without compromising innovation, and invests in working families.”

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor:

“With this vote, the House of Representatives has delivered a historic investment in America’s infrastructure. Our Tampa Bay neighbors deserve modern and safe infrastructure, especially major investments in transit. Rebuilding our infrastructure is especially important to Florida, where 408 bridges and over 3,564 miles of highway are in poor condition…We are also long overdue for major, climate-forward investments in our public transit systems to ensure that all of our neighbors are able to travel safely and efficiently. To protect what makes the Sunshine State special and grow good-paying jobs in Tampa, we are strengthening the investments that support our economy and build more resilient infrastructure.”

U.S. Rep. Val Demings:

“Today’s vote was about jobs and America’s future. When we invest in middle class America, when we invest in people who have to go to work every day, America does better. Our communities need this funding now. Democratic and Republican mayors who are clear-eyed know that investing in our supply chain infrastructure can’t wait, jobs can’t wait, repairs can’t wait, fighting climate change can’t wait, and protecting our health and safety can’t wait.”

U.S. Rep. Brian Mast:

“Tonight’s vote was just the start of Democrats’ attempts to jam through a multitrillion dollar socialist wishlist with the largest tax increase in decades to pay for it. Their reckless spending habit has already caused massive inflation and labor shortages, and I will do everything in my power to stop them from continuing down the path toward socialism.

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz:

“Florida’s tourism economy relies on a strong, modern travel network and Democrats sent bold, job-producing legislation to President Biden that will repair our dilapidated water systems and fix our crumbling roads and bridges. The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will do all that by putting thousands of Floridians to work with union and good-paying jobs.”

Florida Senate Democratic Leader Rep. Lauren Book:

“President Biden has delivered on his promise to champion a bipartisan, once-in-a-generation investment in infrastructure, creating millions of good-paying jobs and making a real impact on our communities — from clean drinking water and to transformed roads, railways, bridges and ports, and revolutionary investments in clean energy. What’s more, Biden’s plan is fiscally responsible and paid for so working families don’t see any tax increases. This is a true win for the American people, and I thank President Biden and Congressional Democrats for breaking through political gridlock to get things done.”

Florida Democratic Party Chairman Manny Diaz:

“I’m proud of Florida’s Democratic leaders for coming together to invest in our future. Unfortunately Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott voted against this vital infrastructure deal. Their cowardly refusal to support a plan that will boost the economy, create good-paying jobs, and tackle some of our most pressing crises is downright shameful. At a time when we need strong leadership, Floridians won’t forget that Marco Rubio once again prioritized his own political agenda over what’s best for our state.”

Jim McDuffie, president and CEO of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust (BTT):

“Enactment of this legislation proves once again that there is bipartisan support for the type of projects that are critical to BTT’s mission of conserving bonefish, tarpon and permit as well as to the broader near-shore marine environment. BTT looks forward to playing an active role in ensuring that funding from the infrastructure bill is utilized to advance science-based approaches to restoring and conserving coastal resources for the benefit of our fisheries and those who rely on them.”

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8 comments

  • tom palmer

    November 6, 2021 at 9:07 am

    Finally some good news out of Congress. AOC et al just don’t get it.

    • Ocean Joe

      November 8, 2021 at 11:57 am

      And now the 13 Republicans who put country over party can expect the treatment from the Badyear Blimp.

  • Jerry

    November 6, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    Spend more money we don’t have. And Democrats put in there a tax cut for the top 5%, by the way with the SALT deduction. Funny how the liberal media won’t report on Democrats cutting taxes for the rich.

    Democrats right now making our grandchildren pay for a radical left agenda today and so Biden can claim he’s a good president. The country is right now $29 trillion in debt! We have inflation and supply chain problems. Workforce participation is lowest in decades. And the liberals think everything is just great! Pelosi drinking wine and celebrating as Rome burns.

    • Alex

      November 6, 2021 at 2:58 pm

      Lol

      Where did the money go?

      Oh yeah, tax cuts that have never done what Republicans claimed they would.

      Not one time.

      Fact is most of the national debt was put there with the tax cut, voodoo economics, trickle down lie.

      A nice graph showing how the tax cut lie shot the debt above WWII levels.

      https://zfacts.com/national-debt/

      • Tom

        November 7, 2021 at 3:43 am

        You are the village idiot, you racist, socialist Alex.

        Call your Manchurians weasel peter h, JD and Frankie.

        The federal treasury reported 10 days ago that they’ve collected, recorded over $4 trillion in collections this past fiscal year. I repeat $4 trillion dollars. It’s called record taxation and collection. The GOP tax cuts paid for themselves, officially! It’s verified.
        Record $4 trillion collected. GOP tax cuts paid.

        It’s the spending stupid. You and yours Dums got annihilated E-day.

        LMAO, you and the rest of your Manchurian tribe offer nothing.

        Repub. Dream team elected across America. Cry eye.

        • Evan

          November 7, 2021 at 10:19 am

          Poor Alex never left junior high school.

        • Ocean Joe

          November 8, 2021 at 12:05 pm

          One trigger of the current deficit was the pandemic. What a pitiful shame we had a malignant narcissist in charge when it got here. We are a big, mobile country but leadership could have gone a long way to minimize what we ended up with: a crippled economy, now 700k dead, vast amounts of money diverted to address the crisis while our own president undermined efforts to deal with it. Tom, please scour me with some GOP propaganda!
          Trump admitted he tried to downplay it. Yes, he personally developed a vaccine which you guys wont take.

  • Ken

    November 6, 2021 at 3:55 pm

    The following companies support, fund, Joe Biden, the Democrat party, BLM and other far left organizations. Financial BOYCOTT whenever possible the following socialist enablers. Patriots, pass this along….

    AFLAC
    Amazon
    American Airlines
    American Express
    Amway
    Apple
    AT&T
    Bank of America
    Baskin Robbins
    Best Buy
    Calm
    Carl’s Jr.
    Capital One
    Chase
    Cigna
    Coca-Cola
    Corona Beer
    Dell Technologies
    Delta Airlines
    Discovery channel
    Discovery Plus
    Dunkin Donuts
    ESPN
    Facebook
    Fed-Ex
    Ford Motor Co.
    General Motors
    Google
    Goldman Sachs
    IBM
    Jack in the Box
    Johnson & Johnson
    JetBlue
    Kohls
    Levi Strauss & Co
    Little Caesars
    Lowes Hardware
    MasterCard
    Microsoft
    Modello Beer
    NBA
    Nerd Wallet
    Netflix
    NFL
    Nordstrom
    Nurtec
    Nutella
    MLB
    Pacifico Beer
    Oxygen
    OWN
    PayPal
    PBS
    Peloton
    Rocket Mortgage
    Shutterfly
    Sonic Rest.I
    Subway
    Starbucks
    State Farm Insurance
    Target Stores
    The General Insurance
    TBS
    TNT
    Tripadvisor
    Twitter
    United Airlines
    US Bank
    USA today
    Vanguard
    Varo Bank
    Verizon
    ViacomCBS
    Vivint
    Walgreens
    Wayfair
    Wells Fargo
    Wendy’s
    WNBA

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