Donald Trump has trashed President Biden's $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill after it passed a key procedural hurdle in the Senate with considerable support from Republican lawmakers.

On Saturday, senators voted 67-27 to advance the bill, with 18 Republicans joining the 49 Democrats in favor of moving it forward for further negotiations.

The vote was a rare instance of bipartisanship in deeply divided Washington DC, with the bill designed to fund upgrades to US roads, highways, bridges and high-speed internet. 


A recent AP/ NORC poll also found  infrastructure spending is supported by a majority of American voters of both parties. However, Trump has now released a statement claiming the costly package is a ''disgrace'.

'Joe Biden's infrastructure bill will be used against the Republican Party in the upcoming elections in 2022 and 2024. It will be very hard for me to endorse anyone foolish enough to vote in favor of this deal,' the ex-President wrote on his personal website Saturday. 

He then lashed out at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, stating: 'If Mitch McConnell was smart, which we've seen no evidence of, he would use the debt ceiling card to negotiate a good infrastructure package.'

McConnell was one of the 18 Republicans who voted in favor of advancing the bill. He said in a recent speech: 'Republicans and Democrats have radically different visions these days, but both those visions include physical infrastructure that works for all of our citizens. 

'The investments this bill will make are not just necessary, in many cases, they are overdue. Our country has real needs in this area.'

Donald Trump has trashed President Biden's $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill after it passed a key procedural hurdle in the Senate with considerable support from Republican lawmakers
McConnell is seen prior to the vote on Saturday

Donald Trump has trashed President Biden's $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill after it passed a key procedural hurdle in the Senate with considerable support from Republican lawmakers.  Mitch McConnell was one of the 18 Republican senators who voted to advance the bill. He is pictured at right on Saturday 


Trump however,  claimed in his statement that the 2,700 page bill 'was a gift to the Democrat Party, compliments of Mitch McConnell and some RINOs, who have no idea what they are doing.'

The former Commander-in-chief went on to allege that the bill was a way for 'Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats understand to get the horrendous $3.5 trillion, actually $5 trillion, Green New Deal bill done in the House'

'Mitch is playing right into Nancy's hands', Trump warned, adding that 'Chuck Schumer is already going around saying this is a big victory for the Democrats.'


Saturday's vote greatly improves the bill's chances of making its way to the House, with only 51 votes required. However, fierce wrangling over amendments is continuing.

The final vote is expected by early next week. 

Trump released a statement to his personal website on Saturday

Trump released a statement to his personal website on Saturday 

Biden is a 36-year veteran of Senate maneuvering and White House officials said he would not hesitate to phone wavering senators if needed. He is pictured yesterday

Biden is a 36-year veteran of Senate maneuvering and White House officials said he would not hesitate to phone wavering senators if needed. He is pictured yesterday 


The legislation, which has been months in the making, calls for $550 billion in new federal spending on the nation's aging infrastructure, including spending to slow the effects of climate change. 

A majority of Republicans senators, however, voted against the bill advancing during Saturday's senate vote. 

They included Senator Bill Hagerty, who was former President Donald Trump's ambassador to Japan, who balked after the Congressional Budget Office said Thursday that the legislation would increase federal budget deficits by $256 billion over 10 years. 

However, Biden believes he can win over some wavering Republicans.  

The president is a 36-year veteran of Senate maneuvering and White House officials said he would not hesitate to phone wavering senators if needed.

Making a last-minute plea for passage, Biden tweeted Saturday that the bill represented a 'historic, once-in-a-generation investment in our nation's infrastructure.'

'We can't afford not to do it,' he added.

Biden also dispatched Vice President Kamala Harris, another former senator, to Capitol Hill Saturday to shore up support for the legislation.

If the Senate approves the plan, it will move to the House of Representatives, where passage is not guaranteed. Democrats hold a narrow majority there, and the party's centrist and liberal wings have butted heads over the content of the bill.

Final passage by both houses would represent a major victory for Biden, who has been betting his political legacy on economic recovery and the fight against the ravages of Covid-19.

Biden also dispatched Vice President Kamala Harris, another former senator, to Capitol Hill Saturday to shore up support for the legislation

Biden also dispatched Vice President Kamala Harris, another former senator, to Capitol Hill Saturday to shore up support for the legislation

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