Infrastructure Bill Reveals Republican Split as Right Turns on 13 House Yes Votes

Several conservative Republican members of the House of Representatives have strongly criticized 13 of their GOP colleagues who voted in favor of a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill on Friday night.

The bill passed in the House by a vote of 228 to 206 with six progressive Democrats and 200 Republicans voting against the measure, which had already been approved by the Senate in August.

The bipartisan framework's passage will be seen as a win for President Joe Biden's agenda and some of the Republicans who voted against it offered condemnation of the 13 members who backed the bill.

While much of the focus has been on divisions between progressive and moderate Democrats as they battled over the bipartisan bill and the separate Build Back Better Act, Friday's vote appeared to expose a split within the GOP as well.

Representative Lauren Boebert of Colorado's 3rd congressional district referred to the 13 as Republicans In Name Only (RINOs).

"RINOS just passed this wasteful $1.2 trillion dollar 'infrastructure' bill," Boebert tweeted.

"Pelosi did not have the votes in her party to pass this garbage. Time to name names and hold these fake republicans accountable," she wrote.

Representative Andy Biggs of Arizona's 5th congressional district tweeted: "Republicans who voted for the Democrats' socialist spending bill are the very reason why Americans don't trust Congress."

Republicans who voted for the Democrats’ socialist spending bill are the very reason why Americans don’t trust Congress.

— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) November 6, 2021

Representative Matt Gaetz, who represents Florida's 1st congressional district, described the bipartisan infrastructure framework as "socialism" in a tweet early on Saturday.

"I can't believe Republicans just gave the Democrats their socialism bill," Gaetz wrote.

Representative Chip Roy of Texas' 21st congressional district issued a statement following the vote and called the bipartisan bill an "almost 3,000-page monstrosity" and accused supporters of the measure of having "lied to the American people about what's in it and what it really costs."

Roy's statement said the bill would not be "paid for" - a central claim made by President Joe Biden which he reiterated in his own statement issued after the vote on Friday.

"It should now be abundantly clear to every American and lawmaker that this bill was nothing but a trojan horse for Democrats' radical proposals to fundamentally transform America," Roy said.

"That 13 House Republicans provided the votes needed to pass this is absurd," the statement went on. "Any House Democrats claiming to be moderate after voting to pave the way for a social transformation bill with massive amnesty, against American energy, for budget-busting and unpaid-for spending with massive tax increases, and for massive OSHA [Occupational Safety and Health Administration] fines for vaccine mandates should be laughed out of the room.

Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia's 14th district went further, calling the 13 Republicans "traitors" and criticizing them in a series of tweets on Friday.

"Here are the 'Republicans' that just voted to help Biden screw America," Greene wrote, sharing a list of the 13 members. "But 6 Democrats did more than these 13 traitor Republicans to stop Biden's fake Infrastructure bill by voting NO."

The bipartisan bill passed the Senate in August by a vote of 69-30 with 19 Republicans joining Democrats in supporting it, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

Boebert, Gaetz and Greene Attend a Hearing
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) attend a House Judiciary Committee hearing with testimony from U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland at the U.S. Capitol on October 21, 2021 in Washington, DC. All three have criticized their 13 Republican colleagues who voted in favor of a bipartisan infrastructure bill on Friday. Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images