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Thursday, Jul 7 2022

GOP Sen Candidates’ Opposition to Infrastructure Won’t Fly in Midterms, Could Be Terminal

Jul 07, 2022

Today, according to a new report from NBC News, the Biden administration announced eighty-five airports across the country will receive $1 billion dollars “to expand and upgrade terminals and other facilities, using money approved in last year’s huge infrastructure bill.” 

However, 2022 U.S. Senate Republican incumbents and candidates — ignoring problems in their own backyard — have committed themselves to running against this bipartisan bill and the widely-popular investments in good-paying union jobs, clean drinking water, and better roads, airports, and railways. 

  • In Wisconsin, Dane County Regional Airport will receive $2.6 million, but Ron Johnson voted against the bipartisan infrastructure deal and its investments in Wisconsin workers, families, and communities.
  • In North Carolina, Asheville Regional Airport is receiving $15 million, Ted Budd opposed critical, bipartisan investments in North Carolina workers and communities to build roads and bridges, ensure clean drinking water, and expand access to high-speed internet.
  • In Georgia, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will receive $40 million, but Herschel Walker has slammed the bipartisan jobs and infrastructure law, despite the fact that it’s creating jobs, rebuilding roads and bridges, securing safer drinking water, and expanding and improving high-speed internet in Georgia communities. Walker has even claimed it’s “totally unfair” to ask him about his opposition to the law.
  • In Arizona, Blake Masters and Jim Lamon 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.
  • In New Hampshire, the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport will receive over $4 million, but Chuck Morse opposes the bipartisan infrastructure law that is set to bring well “over a billion dollars” to the state.
  • In Missouri, Billy Long and Vicky Hartzler voted against passing the bipartisan infrastructure bill, with Hartzler slamming it as “horrific.” And Eric Greitens and Eric Schmitt have said they oppose the bill.
  • Ohio will receive nearly $4 million for its airports, but JD Vance opposes the jobs and infrastructure law, spearheaded by Senator Rob Portman, that’s bringing jobs and investments to communities across Ohio.

  • Florida will receive over $60 million for its airports, but Marco Rubiovoted against the bipartisan infrastructure deal, even though officials across Florida praised the bill and called its investments critical.

Published: Jul 7, 2022 | Last Modified: Aug 26, 2022

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