Despite the fact that the Pennsylvania U.S. Senate candidate Kathy Barnette cites supply chain issues and “addressing freight costs and material shortages” as among her top policy priorities — Barnette, like the rest of the GOP primary field, opposes the bipartisan infrastructure deal passed this week in the Senate.
As highlighted by the Philadelphia Inquirer, each of Pennsylvania’s top Republican candidates running for U.S. Senate in 2022 opposes the bipartisan deal that is set to send billions of dollars to the state for expanding broadband coverage, investing in communities, and rebuilding crumbling roads and broken bridges.
- Kathy Barnette attacked the infrastructure plan as “disgraceful” and lashed out at Senate Republicans who supported the bill;
- Sean Parnell called the bill a “total scam;”
- Carla Sands implied she would vote against the measure; and
- Jeff Bartos criticized the bill as “wasteful political pork.”
The opposition from Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidates comes despite the bipartisan deal’s clear, widely-reported benefits for communities across the state:
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: White House: Pennsylvania would receive billions from infrastructure bill
The Morning Call: The Senate passed a $1 trillion infrastructure bill; here’s what’s in it for Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley
The Philadelphia Inquirer: Here’s what Pa.’s and N.J.’s chunk of the $1 trillion infrastructure bill might buy
WESA: Federal infrastructure bill could bring better internet to Pennsylvania
Penn Live: Nearly $19 billion for bridges, roads and more: Here’s what Pa. could get in Senate infrastructure bill
Published: Aug 13, 2021