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QAnon Rep goes ballistic while rest of country celebrates infrastructure bill’s passing

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene
Rep. Marjorie Taylor GreenePhoto: Screenshot/Gettr

The House of Representatives worked late into the night and early this morning, resulting in a vote passing bipartisan legislation championed by President Joe Biden that will allow for historic investments in the amount of hundreds of billions of dollars into infrastructure across the country over the coming years.

Much of the country is celebrating and recognizing the bill’s passage as a victory for all Americans, but especially President Joe Biden and Democrats. At least one person is unhappy about it, though — Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who has immediately denounced the few Republicans that supported the bill for supporting Biden’s “communist takeover.”

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After spending her evening initially tweeting about FOX News‘ special docuseries about January 6, Greene shifted her focus to the ongoing vote on the bill, tweeting, “Republicans who hand over their voting card to Nancy Pelosi to pass Biden’s Communist takeover of America will feel the anger of the GOP voter.”

Her apparent warning to her Republican colleagues not to vote along with the majority of the Democratic Party did not have much weight. Greene tweeted bitterly as the number of GOP Congressmembers voting for the bill increased.

“8 Traitors,” she said first. Then, “Make it the unlucky 13,” she added in a subsequent tweet with the hashtag, “#Traitors.”

Greene then went on a tirade, attacking the Republicans who, in her view, “Just voted to help Biden screw America.”

She invoked the fact that six Progressive Democrats voted against the bill, for largely procedural reasons, to support her argument that the “fake” infrastructure plan is part of Biden’s “Communist takeover.”

Greene then included the names and Washington office phone numbers for each of the Republican Congressmembers that voted in favor of the bill.

Despite Greene’s complaints, much of the rest of the civilized world was more than elated by the news that the bill, officially known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, had finally passed the House, months after the bill previously passed the Senate in a much larger vote.

President Biden, who was scheduled to travel to his weekend home in Delaware, stayed in Washington last evening but did not speak publicly.

Naomi Biden, Biden’s granddaughter, summed it up in a tweet: “this is a Big Fucking Deal.”

Biden, who will address the country today, did issue a statement last night, and he and the White House had somewhat more eloquent words than Naomi’s.

“Tonight, we took a monumental step forward as a nation,” Biden stated. “The United States House of Representatives passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a once-in-generation bipartisan infrastructure bill that will create millions of jobs, turn the climate crisis into an opportunity, and put us on a path to win the economic competition for the 21st Century.”

He added, “I’m also proud that a rule was voted on that will allow for passage of my Build Back Better Act in the House of Representatives the week of November 15th,” referring to an accompanying proposal that would allow much of Biden’s agenda to go into effect. “The Build Back Better Act will be a once-in-a-generation investment in our people… I look forward to signing both of these bills into law.

“Generations from now, people will look back and know this is when America won the economic competition for the 21st Century,” he concluded. Biden will sign the infrastructure bill into law in the coming days.

Here are some of the other remarks by some White House staff and the President’s Cabinet members.

Other leading Democrats and political figures also cheered the infrastructure bill’s passing.

Several members of Congress that supported the bill in both the House and the Senate explained why they voted in favor of it and what their constituents can expect to come from its passing.

While the bill passed by a vote of 228 in support to 206 against, nearly along party lines in the narrowly-divided House, six progressive Democrats voted against the bill, which without the 13 votes from Republican members, would have prevented the bill’s passage.

Many of the six members explained that they wanted to vote for the bill at the same time as the Build Back Better plan’s accompanying bill to ensure what they view as vital components to the proposals remain intact. The Build Back Better plan is awaiting scores from the Congressional Budget Office before it is voted on, according to Axios.

Several of the GOP lawmakers that supported the bill explained the rationale behind their vote as well. Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) stood solely behind the proposal as well as the Build Back Better plan.

“I regret that this good, bipartisan bill became a political football in recent weeks,” he said.

Other Republicans that supported the bill, while standing behind their vote, spoke out against other aspects of Biden’s agenda and Build Back Better.

Still, many others off of Capitol Hill were also excited by the news, and they spoke out largely in celebration of the momentous support garnered by Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, among others.

 

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