Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell led a minority group of Republican senators who joined the entire Democratic caucus to vote for a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill on Tuesday, Aug. 10.
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, or H.R. 3684, passed the Senate in a 69-30 vote, delivering a significant victory for President Joe Biden.
Below are 19 Republicans in the Senate who voted for the infrastructure bill:
- Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)
- Richard Burr (R-N.C.)
- Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.)
- Bill Cassidy (R-La.)
- Susan Collins (R-Maine)
- Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.)
- Mike Crapo (R-Idaho)
- Deb Fischer (R-Neb.)
- Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)
- Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)
- John Hoeven (R-N.D.)
- Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
- Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)
- Rob Portman (R-Ohio)
- James E. Risch (R-Idaho)
- Mitt Romney (R-Utah)
- Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska)
- Thom Tillis (R-N.C.)
- Roger F. Wicker (R-Miss.)
The passage of the infrastructure bill also serves as a victory for the Senate Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump earlier this year, including Sens. Richard Burr, Bill Cassidy, Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney, and Susan Collins, according to Breitbart.
Notably, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell chose to join all Democrats in passing the infrastructure package. However, during the Trump era, he opposed former President Trump’s “trillion-dollar stimulus” for infrastructure proposal.
Speaking to reporters in late 2016, McConnell made it clear that he did not want massive new spending, Market Watch reported.
“What I hope we will clearly avoid, and I’m confident we will, is a trillion-dollar stimulus,” McConnell said. “We need to do this carefully and correctly, and the issue of how to pay for it needs to be dealt with responsibly.”
In a statement on Tuesday, Trump lashed out at McConnell for helping advance the infrastructure package.
“Nobody will ever understand why Mitch McConnell allowed this non-infrastructure bill to be passed. He has given up all of his leverage for the big whopper of a bill that will follow. … He is working so hard to give Biden a victory, now they’ll go for the big one, including the biggest tax increases in the history of our Country,” Trump said.