Republican Georgia representative Marjorie Taylor Greene on Thursday night derided the $1 trillion infrastructure bill Democrats are trying to pass in the House this week, saying that she would vote in favor of it if former president Donald Trump was returned back to the White House and November’s election was decertified.
The infrastructure bill would provide $550 billion in new spending on different areas including high-speed internet access, the development of roads and bridges, as well as airport projects and the Amtrak passenger rail service. But progressives have vowed to oppose the measure until they saw a far-reaching bill that funded paid family leave, universal prekindergarten, medicare expansion and strong measures to combat climate change.
A make-or-break vote was due to take place on Thursday on the $1 trillion infrastructure bill but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said it would be pushed back to Friday, allowing the Democrats more time to reach an agreement on a wide-ranging climate change and social safety net that liberals would agree on.
Pelosi left the Capitol in the small hours of Friday morning, as she held last-minute negotiations with Democrats and progressives about the bill. She had spent much of Thursday insisting that she would get the bill to the House floor that day.
In a tweet late on Thursday, Rep. Greene ridiculed the bill. She said she would vote in favor but only with certain conditions attached, including putting Trump back in the White House. She also called for the firing of White House Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci and an investigation into Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.
“Ok so everyone is making deals tonight,” Green tweeted. “Here’s my offer to the Speaker. I’ll vote YES if you.. 1. Decertify election 2. Trump back in the WH 3. Fire Fauci 4. Expel Maxine 5. Investigate Ilhan 6. Build the Wall – close the border 7. End mask/vaccine mandates. Deal?”
The $1 trillion infrastructure bill was negotiated over the summer by a bipartisan group of senators and the White House. The Senate approved the legislation in August, with 19 GOP senators joining the Democrats to vote in favor of it.
The Democrats are also trying to pass a broader $3.5 trillion bill to expand the social safety net, with legislation covering a broad range of issues, including climate change, energy, families, immigration, taxes and welfare.
Greene has repeatedly criticized the Democrats’ spending plans.
On September 28 she claimed to have read the 3,000-page spending bill and alleged it has allocated $25 million each to support desert fish, freshwater mussels, butterflies, and endangered plants in Hawaii.
The government nearly faced a shutdown at the end of this week, as legislation of how to keep the government funded until December 3 failed to pass in the Senate. With only hours to spare President Joe Biden signed legislation to avoid a partial federal shutdown and risking a potentially catastrophic default.