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Jim Banks Calls on Republicans to Oppose ‘Fake Infrastructure Deal’



House Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Jim Banks (R-IN) told Breitbart News during a press conference Tuesday that Republicans should oppose the “fake” $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill.

Democrat leadership said that the House will vote on the $1.2 trillion so-called bipartisan infrastructure bill, otherwise known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, on September 27. The bill, which faced significant opposition from Senate conservatives, passed with the help of 19 Senate Republicans in August.

Axios reported Monday that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) might rely on House moderate Republicans to pass the legislation, as many progressive Democrats may oppose the bill. Politico reported that House Republican leadership expects fewer than a dozen House Republicans to vote for the bill. Many House GOP moderates could likely vote against the bill, as House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) oppose it.

A House GOP leadership aide told Breitbart News that the only Republicans that could potentially support the bill would be moderates, but that would largely depend on whether the larger $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill passes. The aide said many GOP moderates would not vote for this bill if the reconciliation bill passes.

A senior House GOP aide told Breitbart News that it remains doubtful Democrats have the votes to pass it within their own party, which could likely lead to the bill’s demise. The aide said:

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The vote on BIF [bipartisan infrastructure bill] is another classic case of ‘Dems in Disarray.’ The bottom line is that this is a bad bill for America, and Democrats are in complete and utter chaos right now. They are operating under the ‘no plan’ plan, and they haven’t proven they even have the votes on their side to get it across the finish line. The House could see the BIF sink like the Titanic.

During a press conference Tuesday, Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), the Republican Study Committee (RSC) chairman, told Breitbart News that having Republicans vote for the bipartisan infrastructure bill would only help Democrats ahead of the contentious 2022 midterm elections. He predicted that a “single-digit” number of House Republicans would vote for the bipartisan infrastructure bill.

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Banks described the bill as a “fake infrastructure deal” and contended Republicans largely oppose the bill.

Banks pointed Breitbart News to an Axios article in which Democrat National Comm… (Read more)

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