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More Republicans are taking credit for the infrastructure funding they voted against

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As money starts pouring in for new projects across the country thanks to the bipartisan infrastructure bill passed by Congress last year, more Republicans are trying to take credit despite the fact that they opposed the legislation.

In a press release issued by her office on Wednesday, Rep. Ashley Hinson (R) touted the “groundbreaking” $829 million funding announced by the US Army Corps of Engineers that aims to upgrade locks and dams on the river Mississippi, which borders its eastern district of Iowa.

“More than 60 percent of our nation’s grain exports pass through this system of locks and dams, and it’s a huge economic engine for the entire state,” said Hinson, a freshman. of Congress, in a joint statement with a bipartisan group of lawmakers. from the region who voted for the bill.

“That’s why I helped lead a bipartisan group of my colleagues in urging the administration to prioritize funding for these critical upgrades. I will always fight to ensure Iowa taxpayer dollars are reinvested back home in Iowa,” she added.

But in November, before the $1.2 trillion measure was signed into law, Hinson called the bill a “crude deal for Iowans” and “worst-case spending.” She also objected that the bill had been tied to the passage of the Build Back Better Act, the Democratic social spending and climate legislation that is now stalled in the Senate.

“MP Hinson opposed the infrastructure package because it was tied to billions in other House spending,” Sophie Seid, spokeswoman for the MP, said in a statement to HuffPost. “Since the bill was signed into law, this money was going to be spent regardless. If there is federal money on the table, of course she will do whatever she can to make sure it gets reinvested in Iowa.

Only 13 House Republicans voted for the bill, which includes funding for roads, bridges, highways, railroads and ports.

The senses. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), two lawmakers who voted to pass the bipartisan infrastructure law, joined Hinson in Wednesday’s press release touting funding for the Army Corps of Engineers.

“When I voted for the bipartisan infrastructure bill, I was voting for exactly this kind of federal support for critical infrastructure that the people of Iowa depend on,” Grassley, the leading Iowa Republican, said in a statement.

Another Republican, Rep. Kay Granger (Texas), also hailed more than $400 million announced Wednesday by the Army Corps of Engineers that will go to flood control efforts in Fort Worth — funding that would not not possible without the bipartisan law on infrastructure that she passed. vs.

More Republicans are taking credit for the infrastructure funding they voted against

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