US Senator Todd Young plans to vote against the bipartisan infrastructure plan he had previously endorsed, the Indiana Senator announced a day after former President Donald Trump threatened to withhold approval from Republicans who voted in favor.
Less than two weeks ago, Young voted with all Democrats and 16 other Republicans for an open debate on the bipartisan infrastructure bill, helping to overcome a crucial procedural hurdle.
On Sunday evening, Young, who is standing for re-election in 2022, announced his decision to vote against the law. The Congressional Budget Office had released a report days earlier that showed the infrastructure plan would increase the country’s deficit by $ 256 billion over 10 years.
The bill has enough support to pass without Young, but how it votes could affect the level of support and funding Young receives for his re-election bid.
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“As I have said many times before, while I am eager for a bill that will make these investments, I am also obliged to do so in a tax-responsible manner,” Young said in a statement (CBO) estimating the fiscal implications of this Legislative as it stands and, to be honest, I am still not satisfied with a number of the democratic priorities contained in this version and will vote “no”. “
After voting to open the Infrastructure Bill Debate on July 28, Young called the bill a “historic investment” and said, “Indiana understands the need for federal investment in our crumbling infrastructure.”
Former President Donald Trump, who did not support Young, released a statement Saturday criticizing the infrastructure plan and any Republican who voted for it.
“Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill will be used against the Republican Party in the upcoming 2022 and 2024 elections,” Trump said in a statement. “It will be very difficult for me to support someone stupid enough to vote for this deal.”
State Democrats criticized Young for his change of heart about legislation, arguing that he was hypocritical for failing to speak up when the Trump deficit widened.
“It’s disappointing to hear that Senator Young would change his infrastructure vote to ‘NO’ for extreme partisanship, as well as Hoosier’s high-wage jobs, stronger roads and bridges, and better broadband,” said Lauren Ganapini, executive director of the Indiana Democratic Party. said in a statement. “This is Todd Young’s classic. He always promises Hoosiers one thing, but changes course when it matters.”
So far, one Republican and one Democrat have run for Young’s seat in 2022. Republican Danny Niederberger has yet to report fundraising, and Democrat Haneefah Khaaliq has just over $ 12,000 in cash on hand.
Young had more than $ 4.5 million in cash at the end of June, which gave him a sizeable cash cushion.
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