One year out from Election Day, 2022 U.S. Senate Republican incumbents and candidates have committed themselves to running against the widely-popular investments in infrastructure and jobs that the U.S. House passed last Friday.
The bipartisan infrastructure deal is now set to bring billions of dollars in investments and jobs to the states that these candidates are running to represent. And it’s going to be a long, difficult year for Republican Senate candidates who will have to explain their opposition to top voter priorities like good-paying jobs, better roads and bridges, safer drinking water, and high-speed internet access:
- While Sen. Mark Kelly led on the bipartisan infrastructure deal, Jim Lamon and Blake Masters explicitly opposed the plan that will create thousands of good-paying jobs and invest billions into critical infrastructure across Arizona, including: $290 million for clean drinking water; $547 million for ports of entry; $225 million for bridges; and $54 million for lead pipe replacement. Mark Brnovich and Mick McGuire have likewise signaled their opposition.
- Marco Rubio voted against the bipartisan infrastructure deal, even though officials across Florida praised the bill and called its investments critical.
- While Sen. Raphael Warnock worked across the aisle to champion priorities for Georgia, Gary Black, Kelvin King, Latham Saddler, and Herschel Walker, have each opposed the bipartisan infrastructure deal.
- Billy Long and Vicky Hartzler voted against passing the bipartisan infrastructure bill last Friday, with Hartzler slamming it as “horrific” during a Saturday event. And Eric Greitens and Eric Schmitt have said they oppose the bill.
- While Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto championed water provisions and clean energy priorities in the infrastructure deal, Adam Laxalt has — since launching his campaign in August — faced criticism from Nevada workers over his opposition to the bipartisan infrastructure deal, which workers have called a “threat to Nevada jobs.”
- Ted Budd, Pat McCrory, and Mark Walker have each said they oppose the infrastructure investments — and Budd voted against the deal last Friday.
- Mike Gibbons, Josh Mandel, Bernie Moreno, Jane Timken, and JD Vance all opposed thebipartisan deal spearheaded by Rob Portman to invest in communities across Ohio.
- Jeff Bartos, Kathy Barnette, Sean Parnell, and Carla Sands have each indicated their opposition to the bipartisan infrastructure deal.
- Ron Johnson repeatedly praised the bipartisan infrastructure deal while it was being debated in the Senate, but ultimately voted against investing in Wisconsin workers, families, and communities.
Published: Nov 8, 2021