Every single Indiana Republican in the state’s Congressional delegation have touted support for investments in broadband and other infrastructure needs
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Democratic Party, the organization that advocates for the future of Indiana and its families, today shined a light on the partisan hypocrisy coming from the Indiana Republican Party when it comes to their so-called commitment to infrastructure investments. Every single Republican in Indiana’s Congressional delegation claims to support broadband and infrastructure investments. However, Indiana Republicans in the U.S. House will say “NO” this week to a bipartisan infrastructure deal which would deliver more than $6.6 billion to Indiana for broadband expansion, repairs to roads and bridges, and updates to public transportation systems across Indiana. Their “NO” votes will join U.S. Senators Mike Braun and Todd Young who previously denied these critical investments in August.
Indiana Republicans’ opposition to the bipartisan infrastructure deal is a political flip flop and it contradicts the promises and posturing they consistently show Hoosiers. For example, Todd Young claimed to support the infrastructure deal in the U.S. Senate before buckling to his Party’s extreme partisanship and their rigid “NO” agenda. Instead, Young claimed the price tag was too much for him despite voting for a $2 trillion tax cut for big corporations and America’s top earners.
Indiana Democrats view the Republicans’ partisanship as extreme and an effort to deny Hoosiers a better future for their families. Democrats are once again ready to deliver for Indiana because it’s time to solve today’s most-pressing problems facing voters in all 92 counties. First, it was the American Rescue Plan and now it’s the American Jobs Plan and President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better agenda, and Democrats look forward to campaigning on these issues for the pivotal 2022 elections.
Before they vote “NO” on infrastructure, here’s the blatant, partisan hypocrisy coming from the Indiana Republican Party on infrastructure:
U.S. Senator Todd Young: “As the Crossroads of America, Indiana understands the need for federal investment in our crumbling infrastructure, especially with nearly 5,500 miles of Hoosier highways in poor condition.” NOTE: Young voted “NO” on the infrastructure deal.
U.S. Senator Mike Braun: “The senator said three top issues he consistently hears about are rural broadband, workforce development and affordable housing. He said broadband now is considered infrastructure right along with roads, bridges, rail, air travel and internal waterways.” NOTE: Braun voted “NO” on the infrastructure deal.
U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Walorski: “There is bipartisan agreement that we need to take action to improve our nation’s infrastructure.”
U.S. Congressman Jim Banks: “@RepJimBanks met with INFB members in Jay County this afternoon. Barry Miller, Jay County Farm Bureau president, hosted the meeting at his farm. Topics of discussion included the stepped-up basis, labor issues, broadband access, Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) and more.”
U.S. Congressman Jim Baird: “Too many in our rural communities have experienced the challenges associated with a lack of broadband access. I cosponsored the Broadband for Rural America Act to facilitate the deployment of reliable broadband for rural Hoosier families and businesses.”
U.S. Congresswoman Victoria Spartz: “Behind the scenes look at how Smithville Communications is providing fiber internet in Tipton County. High-speed internet access is critical for the survival of rural communities.”
U.S. Congressman Greg Pence: “Great roundtable with @SenToddYoung at @NineStarConnect today discussing the needs of rural broadband and utilities. NineStar Connect does fantastic work for Hancock County and the surrounding communities. Thanks to Senator Young for joining us in the Sixth District!”
U.S. Congressman Larry Bucshon: “Yesterday, I met with members of the Knox County Chamber Board of Directors in Vincennes. We discussed issues facing small businesses in Knox County like employment shortages, rural broadband coverage, and what I can do in Congress to support them.”
U.S. Congressman Trey Hollingsworth: “Hollingsworth, R-Jeffersonville, said access to care is a critical part of the country’s obligation to care for those who serve to protect America.”