A long list of high-profile Senate Republicans voted in favor of passing President Joe Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, and that has several right-leaning pundits and observers quite upset.
According to Breitbart, National Review Online editor Philip Klein is especially troubled by the Senate Republicans’ latest action. Klein called the bill “a pathetic surrender that has been built on a mountain of lies,” adding that he believes Republicans who joined in on the efforts are “reckless” and “irresponsible.”
As Breitbart pointed out, Klein’s stance on the developing issue is notable, given that his publication has traveled further to the center in recent years, while reminding readers that Klein, who refused to support then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016, even dropped out of the Republican Party just to oppose him at the time.
Klein’s primary concern is that the passing of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill simply aids Biden and Democrats in the eventual passage of a much larger, $3.5 trillion “human infrastructure” bill, which is packed full of Democratic wish-list items.
“Republicans have helped put President Biden several steps closer to passing his top legislative priority in voting multiple times to advance an unnecessary and costly infrastructure bill that will pave the way for Democrats to pass their multi-trillion dollar social agenda. This is a pathetic surrender that has been built on a mountain of lies,” Klein wrote.
The National Review editor added that all of the reasons provided by the 17 Republicans who voted to pass the bill in the Senate are false or outright lies, including how the bill will be paid for, what the bill’s language contains, and that it would somehow convince moderate Dems to abandon their support for the larger, $3.5 trillion bill that could follow.
“This is a reckless and irresponsible action from a policy perspective and malpractice from a political perspective. If Republicans lose big time in 2022, they have nobody but themselves to blame,” Klein wrote.
The Republican senators who supported the bill, alongside all 50 Senate Democrats, drew sharp criticism from former President Donald Trump, who even went as far as threatening to primary those Senate Republicans, which would include former allies like Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
Only time will tell if Biden is able to get both of the gigantically expensive bills to his desk for a signature. If he pulls it off, Republicans could be in big trouble in 2022.