Last Updated on December 27, 2022
In a recently published interview with Politico, U.S. House Representative Bob Good (R-VA) criticized the GOP’s voting record on suspension bills, the leadership of House Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and the 13 House Republicans who voted in support of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill which was passed on November 5th, 2021.
The 13 Republican U.S. House Reps. who voted with the Democrats in favor of Biden’s $1.2 infrastructure bill were:
- Nebraska Rep. Don Bacon,
- Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick
- New York Rep. Andrew Gabarino
- Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez
- New York Rep. John Katko
- New York Rep. Nicole Malliotakis
- New York Rep. Tom Reed
- New Jersey Rep. Chris Smith
- New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew
- Alaska Rep. Don Young
- Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger
“I call them the Biden 13. That was considered the bill to facilitate passage of ‘Build Back Bankrupt’ and the larger bill. He said, ‘We’re not going to provide the votes to pass it. I’ll make sure we don’t get those.’ He told us the morning of the vote in a freshman meeting and then we did provide those votes,” Rep. Good said.
Good revealed that McCarthy was more upset with the critics of those who voted for the bill than those cast their ballot with the Democrats.
“And when we attacked ‘The Biden 13’ as I call them, who voted for it on the Republican side, he was more angry with us for attacking the 13 members than he was with the 13 members who stuck it to Republicans with this $1.2 trillion phony infrastructure bill,” Congressman Good said.
Congressman Good stated that House Minority Leader McCarthy lacked the leadership ability to rally a consensus vote within the party.
“We were begging and pleading with him over the last two years. Let’s defeat these suspension bills on the House floor. You’ll have 20 of them at a time. Some of them are innocent, but some of them [are]: restricting freedom, growing government, adding new agencies, establishing new offices and spending taxpayer money that we could have defeated by denying the Democrats time and again with a ⅔ vote. [Kevin McCarthy] never rallied us, the Republicans, the minority, to defeat those in two years,” Rep. Good added.
“In addition,” Good continued, “[McCarthy] promised us we would not have Republicans provide the votes to pass the phony infrastructure bill, the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill.
“And yet, Republicans did provide the votes to pass that. He promised that the Republicans would not provide the votes and the Republicans, 13 of them, went on the board to pass the bill before Democrats had enough votes to pass it,” The Virginia Congressman told Politico.