On Friday, President Joe Biden hit out at Republican members of Congress for repeatedly asking for federal funds for projects in their districts when they voted against the very bills that made the funds available to them.
Speaking at a Volvo powertrain plant in Hagerstown, Maryland, Mr Biden called out several GOP members by name while pointing out the hypocrisy of asking for funds from legislation they had tried to stop. .
Citing a CNN report highlighting Republicans who criticized programs they tried to leverage as “socialist,” Mr Biden noted how one member – Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona – had written three times to the White House seeking funds for projects.
“He wrote three separate letters to the administration asking for projects in his district. He says it improves the quality of life, it relieves traffic jams, it boosts the economy? He voted against it, said it was socialism,” Mr Biden said.
The president recalled another Republican member, Rep. Andy Barr of Kentucky, calling his administration’s infrastructure legislation “the greatest socialist agenda.”
“He wants three different projects, citing the importance of safety and growth in his neighborhood. Socialism? I didn’t know there were so many Socialist Republicans,” he said.
“People…you can’t make it up – I have to say I was surprised to see so many socialist Republicans in Congress,” Biden continued, adding later that a November midterm GOP victory would lead to the repeal of his landmark Infrastructure Act and the Cut Inflation Act he signed into law over the summer.
“People, here’s the bottom line. If the Republicans take control of Congress, these historic victories…for the American people will be taken away from them, he said.
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