WASHINGTON — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy sought to navigate the delicate intraparty divisions over the new infrastructure law, making the case on Tuesday that Republicans should focus on criticizing Democrats instead of each other. At a closed-door House Republican caucus meeting, McCarthy called on lawmakers to stay unified and not attack their GOP colleagues, two sources familiar with the meeting said. McCarthy suggested they should focus their fire on Democrats’ Build Back Better bill, one of the sources said. His plea comes as some far-right members who are closely aligned with former President Donald Trump have begun attacking fellow Republicans who voted for the $550 billion infrastructure package. Publicly, McCarthy has been one of Trump's loudest defenders, but he has struggled to hold together a caucus that has publicly feuded over the former president. Trump has threatened to work to unseat those Republicans who supported the bipartisan infrastructure law that was a key piece of President Joe Biden's legislative agenda. Trump issued a flurry of statements blasting it as a "Non-Infrastructure" bill and complaining that it "gives Biden and the Democrats a victory just as they were falling off the cliff." Some of the lawmakers who voted for the bill have received death threats, including Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. In the House, 13 Republicans voted for the proposal earlier this month, helping push it across the finish line amid defections from a small group of progressive Democrats. In the Senate, 19 Republicans voted for it in August after a group of 10 senators, evenly split between the parties, crafted the bill. Trump's opposition to the infrastructure deal has largely been about the politics, not the policy, arguing that it gave Biden a win that he can now tout to voters. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, a moderate who Trump is trying to defeat in 2022, responded to his attacks by saying there has been an "unfortunate backlash" by some who put politics above good governance. "To deny good policy just because you don't want to g . . . read the full article here.
Keywords: tries, policy, voted, good, republicans, republican, mccarthy, infighting, bill, infrastructure, trump, president, house, democrats, tamp
DATE: 2019, 2022, August, Tuesday, last year, earlier this month
NORP: Democrats, Republican, Republicans
MONEY: $2 trillion, $550 billion
PERSON: Biden, Trump, Capito, Romney, McCarthy, Joe Biden, McConnell, Fred Upton, Mitt Romney, Donald Trump, Nancy Pelosi, Roger Wicker, Kevin McCarthy, Lisa Murkowski, Mitch McConnell, Shelley Moore Capito,
CARDINAL: 10, 13, 19, one, two