Several House Republicans are praising parts of the recently enacted funding measure they see as beneficial to their districts after they bashed the overall bill as wasteful.
A growing number of House Republicans who voted against the bipartisan infrastructure package last year are now striking a different tone by promoting components of the massive funding measure that they see as beneficial to their constituents.
Money from the $555 billion bill, which was signed into law Nov. 15, is starting to flow into congressional districts across the country, and at least eight GOP lawmakers have touted funds from the legislation to improve local ecosystems, bolster airports and revamp waterways, among other projects. In the past week alone, at least six House Republicans who voted against the measure highlighted such projects.
Rep. Tony Gonzales, R-Texas, on Monday praised an ecosystem restoration plan in his district backed by infrastructure funds. “For many folks in the area, this project revives the area’s storied past and deep roots,” he said in a statement.
After he voted against the infrastructure package in November, Gonzales blasted the measure, saying that it “will only lead to more spending for the Democrats and this flailing administration” and that “the Democrat path to trillions more in spending will only make matters worse and hold our country back.”
Gonzales’ office did not immediately respond to a request for comment about how this week’s remarks contrast with his earlier rhetoric.
Gonzales’ recent comments are reminiscent of those of some GOP colleagues who last year endorsed parts of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package while calling it a costly boondoggle. Republicans who backed parts of the infrastructure bill but voted against the overall measure have offered similar criticisms of the $555 billion measure.