Trump threatened to primary GOP lawmakers who favor the bipartisan infrastructure plan. 17 Republicans just voted to advance it, including Mitch McConnell.
Former President Donald J. Trump speaks during a press conference at Trump National Golf Club about the filing of a class action lawsuit against Facebook, Google and Twitter and their CEOs that escalated his longstanding battle with the companies after his accounts were suspended on Wednesday, July 7th 2021 in Bedminster, NJ.
President Trump threatened all Republicans who support the bipartisan infrastructure deal with major challengers.
The former president has railed against the negotiations for the past few days, warning Republicans to break off the talks.
But in a vote on Wednesday, 17 Republicans joined all 50 Democrats to move the $ 1 trillion package forward in the Senate.
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Former President Donald Trump left no words unsaid in his most direct attempt to date to undo President Joe Biden's $ 1 trillion infrastructure deal.
The GOP front man threatened all Republican lawmakers working with the Democrats to pass the bipartisan agreement with "many primaries".
His statement was released after Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell announced he would vote to promote the measure and preceded the Senate procedural vote on Wednesday. Seventeen Republicans joined all 50 Democrats in advancing bipartisan legislation in a major test for the bill.
The vote came hours after a group of 10 Republican and Democratic negotiators announced they had reached an infrastructure agreement with the White House, which included a new deal of $ 550 billion in spending and $ 30 billion. Dollars in cuts.
Trump, who has tried to pass his own infrastructure bill throughout his presidency, has railed against the negotiations for the past few days, urging Republican lawmakers to skip the talks - not, it seems, because of specific issues with the bill's content but because of the passage of the bill would be "a victory for the Biden government and the Democrats and ... heavily used in the 2022 elections".
"Don't do it Republicans - patriots will never forget!" he wrote. "If this deal goes through, there will be a lot of primaries coming your way."
The threat comes as the former president has already backed lead challengers to try to oust Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and GOP Rep Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio.
Despite his November 2020 ballot box defeat, Trump retains massive power in the Republican Party and puts on a show of endorsements - or rejections. Most recently, however, a Trump-backed candidate in Texas lost in a special election in Congress on Tuesday.
Wednesday's vote to present the bill in the Senate precedes a final vote on the bill, which will come sometime in the next week or two. The Democrats are also preparing a reconciliation package that would pass the Senate without Republican support.
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