Today, the Senate voted to pass President Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure plan which would secure critical funding for our nation’s infrastructure. North Carolina Democratic Party (NCDP) Chair Bobbie Richardson released the following statement in response:
“Thanks to President Biden’s competent leadership, the bipartisan deal has passed the Senate and is on track to help create millions of good-paying jobs, make critical investments in our nation’s infrastructure, and continue our trajectory of historic economic growth. The passage of the bipartisan deal today is only further proof of President Biden and Democrats’ commitment of delivering for North Carolina families.
“But if Republicans running for the U.S. Senate in 2022 had it their way, North Carolina would lose out on good-paying jobs, much-needed broadband expansion for the hundreds of thousands that lack access to high-speed internet, and critical investments in roads and bridges that keep us safe. Congressman Ted Budd, former Governor Pat McCrory, and former Congressman Mark Walker’s opposition to this deal proves they’re wrong for our state.
“From day one, President Biden promised to work across the aisle to accomplish his ambitious agenda and he has kept true to that promise. Now, thanks to his leadership, Democrats and Republicans have come together to invest in North Carolina workers, farmers, and businesses.”
Despite Senators Tillis and Burr voting yes on the deal, Republican Senate candidates Congressman Ted Budd, former Governor Pat McCrory, and former Congressman Mark Walker all oppose it.
- Walker praised the 33 Republicans who tried to prevent consideration of the infrastructure plan and had the audacity to say it is because he is worried about the debt, despite previously voting to add nearly $2 trillion to the national debt in order to give a massive tax cut to billionaires and special interests.
- Ted Budd is against the plan which would help expand broadband access to the at least 424,000 North Carolinians who currently lack it.
- Pat McCrory apparently doesn’t think that “positive[s]” from the bill like repairing roads and bridges, expanding broadband, and creating jobs are worth supporting.