Sen. Cruz: 'Really Unfortunate' That 13 House Republicans Helped Pass BIF; Boosts Momentum for 'Socialist Agenda'

Susan Jones | November 9, 2021 | 7:44am EST
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A road resurfacing project in Alhambra, California. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)
A road resurfacing project in Alhambra, California. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

( - "I think it's a bad bill," Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said of the so-called Bipartisan Infrastructure and Jobs Act (BIF), which passed the House on Friday only because 13 Republicans joined most Democrats in voting for it.

The same bill passed the Senate in August with 19 Republican votes, and an elated President Biden plans to sign it at a special ceremony.

Cruz told Fox News he's disappointed that 13 House Republicans assisted a White House that was "getting their clocks cleaned."

It's another $1.2 trillion in spending. It's on top of the trillions in spending we've already seen. As you noted, that is already driving inflation across the economy. The price of food is going up, the price of milk is going up, the price of gasoline is going up, the price of rent and homes and lumbers, everything is going up, and the Biden administration is causing it.

Unfortunately, we saw a handful of House Republicans decided to rescue Nancy Pelosi from the bill crashing on its own. I think that did two things that were really problematic.

Number one, it did what the Biden white house wanted to do, which is change the subject from the shellacking they took in Virginia. Virginia was a terrific victory. I was there on election night with Glenn Youngkin. It was a tremendous example of the parents of Virginia saying hell no to this radical left-wing approach that said that parents have no role in their kids' education.

But the House...Republicans, or a handful of them, decided to change the subject from that, and I think it also increased momentum for the really terrible bill, which is the next one, the Bernie Sanders socialist budget, I pray to God the Bernie Sanders socialist budget doesn't pass, but these House Republicans sadly made it more likely.

Cruz said Republican senators had "massive arguments" over the BIF before it passed the Senate in August. "I mean, screaming arguments at lunch," he said.

"We have lunch together every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday together, all the Senate Republicans, and there were about a the third of the Senate Republicans who ended up voting for this, and they would stand up and they would pitch all the terrific things that are in it, and they would pitch roads and bridges.

"And listen, roads and bridges are popular. $110 billion of this bill are roads and bridges. I suggested, fine, if you like roads and bridges, I like roads and bridges, let's pass $110 billion in roads and bridges and throw away the other trillion that is in this bill.

"They didn't want to do that. It's like the old con man who sells you the Brooklyn bridge over and over and over again, it's always about the bridge.

"And I stood up in these lunches repeatedly, and I said, why are you making it easier for Bernie Sanders to bankrupt this country and jam his socialist agenda down throats of the American people?  And the Republicans who voted for this, they said no, no, no, when this passes, it will be harder for Bernie to do that."

Cruz said he told those fellow Republicans they should have made a deal with Democrats -- "we will do this (BIF) instead of the Bernie Sanders budget."

But instead, Democrats insisted on passing both bills, delaying a vote on one until they got guarantees on passage of the other.

"They gave us nothing and said we will pass this and then we will pass everything else on top of it. What the heck is that deal getting you?" Cruz asked.

In total, the BIF includes $550 billion in new federal spending for America’s infrastructure. Only ten percent, or $110 billion, goes to "hard" infrastructure, such as roads and bridges.

The rest is for other liberal causes, such as "reconnecting communities" divided by highways; building charging stations for electric vehicles; safety, including heavy promotion of bicycle and pedestrian traffic; clean energy investments; studies of self-driving vehicles; vulnerable road user research; wildlife crossing safety, and other social/liberal causes.

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