- Mitch McConnell was among 19 Republican senators who voted for the $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure bill.
- The Kentucky senator has since come under fire from former President Donald Trump for his decision to support the bill between two parties.
- McConnell reaffirmed his support for Biden’s infrastructure law, saying he is “proud” of his vote.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell doubles his support for infrastructure law despite criticism from former President Donald Trump.
Speaking to The Washington Post on Nov. 16, McConnell reiterated his support for the $ 1.2 trillion two-part infrastructure bill, saying he was “proud” of his vote.
“I saw each of the two previous administrations struggle with the issue of how to meet the country’s infrastructure needs,” McConnell said. “I joined 18 other Republicans in the Senate and felt it was time to address it.”
McConnell added that from a “Kentucky point of view” the infrastructure bill was “extremely good” for the state. This reflected a statement he made last week calling the bill “a gift to Kentucky.”
“I’m proud of my vote, and of course members are free to choose how they want to vote. And in the Senate, 19 Republicans in the Senate felt it was the right thing to do for the country,” McConnell said.
On November 5, 13 House Republicans voted with the Democrats to pass the bill. The bill was passed in the Senate in August with the support of 19 Republicans, including McConnell.
Trump has not kindly accepted the GOP’s support for the infrastructure law. He slapped McConnell and the Republicans who supported the bill in one announcement, calls them “RINOs” and says they should be ashamed of themselves because they voted for “the lifetime of the Democrats”.
Over the past week, Trump has continued to strike out at McConnell in particular, calling him an “old crow.” The former president accused McConnell of “jeopardizing the chances of the other 18 Republican senators to win re-election. Trump further mocked McConnell a statement on 13 November where he suggested that the senator in Kentucky should go to the signing of the infrastructure bill and “find out with scorn from great Republican patriots who are already harassing him.”
McConnell has not publicly responded to Trump’s criticism of his vote for infrastructure law.