These 23 Republicans Backed Both Biden Admin's Recent Big Wins

Nearly two dozen Republican members of Congress supported two recent pieces of legislation that were seen as wins for President Joe Biden and bucked their party's majority.

The House of Representatives and the Senate passed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act in June with bipartisan support. It was the first gun safety legislation passed by Congress in 28 years and won approval following a number of deadly mass shootings.

In late July, Congress passed the Creating Helpful Incentives for the Production of Semiconductors (CHIPS) for America Act, which aims to tackle shortages in essential semiconductor chips.

While both bills enjoyed support from some Republicans in both chambers, 12 GOP senators and 11 Republican members of the House voted in favor of both pieces of legislation.

Here is a list of those Republicans:


Roy Blunt of Missouri

Richard Burr of North Carolina

Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia

Bill Cassidy of Louisiana

Susan Collins of Maine

John Cornyn of Texas

Lindsey Graham of South Carolina

Mitch McConnell of Kentucky

Rob Portman of Ohio

Mitt Romney of Utah

Thom Tillis of North Carolina

Todd Young of Indiana

Members of the House

Steve Chabot of Ohio

Liz Cheney of Wyoming

Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania

Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio

Chris Jacobs of New York

David Joyce of Ohio

John Katko of New York

Adam Kinzinger of Illinois

Peter Meijer of Michigan

Michael Turner of Ohio

Fred Upton of Michigan

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell voted in favor of both bills, though a majority of his caucus didn't support the measures. The votes are rare bipartisan wins for the Biden administration.

Newsweek has asked the White House for comment.

However, legislative victories for the administration aren't likely to become the norm with the Senate divided among 50 Republicans, 48 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the Democrats.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is expected to bring the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 up for a vote this week after Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said he supported the measure.

Manchin, who is considered a moderate or conservative Democrat, holds significant sway in the evenly divided chamber, but his support doesn't guarantee success.

It remains to be seen if Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema will support the legislation and no Republicans are expected to support the measure at this time.

The U.S. has been experiencing inflation at near 40-year highs in recent months and Democrats are facing difficult midterm elections in November, where the cost of living will be a crucial campaign issue.

If Democrats lose control of the House, the Senate or both, Republicans will effectively be able to stymie President Biden's agenda.

Joe Biden Delivers a Media Statement
U.S. President Joe Biden delivers statements to the media with the Palestinian president after their meeting at the Muqataa Presidential Compound in the city of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank on July 15, 2022. Nearly two dozen Republicans supported recent wins for the Biden administration. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images