GOP lawmaker takes credit for trillion-dollar infrastructure package after voting against it
Republican lawmakers who voted against President Joe Biden's $1.2 trillion infrastructure package are already taking credit for the piece of legislation they voted against. In fact, one Alabama lawmaker has even released a statement touting provisions in the bill even though he also voted against the package, according to Huff Post.
On Monday, November 15, Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Ala.) released a statement praising the federal funding in the bill that will allow for the connection of local communities in the Appalachian region of the country and its national interstate highways. Ultimately, the improvements will be beneficial for Palmer's district in and around Birmingham, Ala.
"Birmingham is currently one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country without a complete beltline around it. Completing the Northern Beltline will benefit the entire region and enhance economic development and employment opportunities," Palmer said in a statement.
He also tweeted a link to his statement praising the funding although he failed to mention that he actually sided with opposing Republican lawmakers who voted against the bill.
Completion of Birmingham's Northern Beltline has been a priority of mine since I was elected to Congress, and new funding for the project has now passed. See my full statement here:https://palmer.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/palmer-new-funding-birminghams-northern-beltline\u00a0\u2026— Gary Palmer (@Gary Palmer) 1637013743
HuffPost reports that Palmer has said, "that while he supported some elements of the bill, he opposed others, such as its provisions to boost renewable energy and climate resilience." The piece of legislation also includes $47 billion to address issues associated with natural disasters which have become more frequent with the acceleration of climate change.
After the bill passed the House last week, Palmer also shared a statement reacting to the bill.
"I fully support funding for infrastructure that is focused on national priorities rather than wasting hundreds of billions of dollars on a Green New Deal wish list and programs under the guise of human infrastructure that simply expand government control of our lives," Palmer said.
He added, "At least the bill includes legislation which I introduced with Rep. David Trone (D-Md.) that includes funding for the Birmingham Northern Beltline."