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Murkowski joins 16 GOP senators in voting to advance infrastructure bill

Sen. Lisa Murkowski joined 16 other Republicans in advancing the $1.1 trillion infrastructure bill she helped negotiate with the Biden Administration and Democrats.

Sens. Roy Blunt, Shelley Capito, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, John Cornyn, Kevin Cramer, Mike Crapo, Deb Fischer, Chuck Grassley, John Hoeven, Mitch McConnell, Rob Portman, James Risch, Mitt Romney, Mike Rounds, Tom Tillis, and Todd Young joined all Senate Democrats in a vote to end debate and move the bill toward amendments and an up-down vote this week.

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The Saturday vote was 67-27.

Sen. Dan Sullivan was a no vote on this procedural motion on Saturday, although that is not an action that would signal how he will vote on the bill ultimately.

“We can get this done the easy way or the hard way,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, said to the Senate just prior to the vote on cloture. “In either case, the Senate will stay in session until we finish our work. It’s up to my Republican colleagues how long it takes.” 

The bill is made up of $550 billion in new spending for infrastructure. But another section of spending has not yet been revealed, and it may include what Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell calls a product of the “full radicalism of the far left.” 

In the House, radical Democrats find the bill too limiting, as it doesn’t address their climate change and social justice agenda. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she will not take up the bill unless it includes those far-left items.

Much of the money going to states will go to governors to spend as their states need it, rather than being doled out by the federal government.

Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.


  1. Well, duh.

    Princess isn’t even bothering to acknowledge the right anymore. Interesting how empowering Prop 2 has made her.

    Swampy Dan MIA, as usual.

    I often wish we still had Begich as Senator. He was “honest” about being a leftist. I prefer open enemies to dishonest “friends”

    What do Princess, Swampy Dan, Bill Walker, Cathy Giessel, Natasha Von Imhof, Louise Stutes, Kelly Merrick, Click Bishop, Laddie Shaw, and an near endless cast of liars have in common?

    Allegedly are or were Republicans.

    Tell me again this is a conservative state.

  2. Let’s not get too surprised by this. Lisa’s next election is literally around the corner and she wants to grab as much federal money as possible for Alaska so she can brag to her constituents (mostly Democrats now) how she brought home the bacon for capital projects. Unions, Democrats, RINOs, Lefties, Commies will come running to save her. We all know how this works. But another six years of Lisa Murkowski, or any Murkowski for that matter, will bust Alaska. Lisa is not the same deer in headlights that her father installed. She is an absolute statist with a huge social agenda that comports with the wills of Nancy Pelosi and Charles Schumer. And Lisa has turned into a nasty, in your face woman with vendettas to score against her enemies. An all out effort must be made to get rid of her from Alaska politics, once and for all.

    • Lisa is here to stay. And why shouldn’t she if she’s bringing home the bacon?

      Hard to rationalize your claim that she will bust Alaska by bringing federal dollars back home. Did Uncle Ted break Alaska too?

      Don’t let your hatred muddy the waters here. You can accept it.

  3. Something our forefathers never wanted, government using our tax dollars against us. Or in this case, using borrowed money against us. The word “infrastructure” has taken on a whole new meaning.

  4. If they pass this idiocy, it will decimate the lives of people of all economic position. The taxes in the bill, like those in the Obamacare BS will be destructive to anyone that has managed to make a life for themselves in the US with their hard work.

      • I didn’t realize the tax on miles-per-driven are good for Alaskans or the natives. I didn’t realize mandatory breathalyzers sold in all new cars are good for Alaskans or the natives. I didn’t realize the natives that are off the road complex would be helped by the requirement for more green car plugins. I didn’t think the natives who are off the electric grid would be getting helped with more solar panels.
        I actually read the entire 2,000+ bill, and there is less actual infrastructure, and more for corporate welfare and “studies”.
        It’s weird how the natives keep getting screwed, by both their own Native Corporations and the all those “infrastructure” bills passed every 10 years or so.

  5. Should update the headline to include that “Conservative Dan” voted for it yesterday too!!!

  6. This is a passage for Bernie Sanders, AOC and the “Green New deal” so of course Murky-out-ski is going to vote for it.
    Look at the bill and see how much is real infrastructure! Less than 10%. This should not pass!
    Sullivan sees it and isn’t going to support it- that’s why he doesn’t support it.


  7. Big Money for Alaska. Roads, Bridges, Ferries, Energy, Alaska Mining support. Pure Infrastructure for Alaska. The complaints on this are like little violins of whiners who do not wish well for Alaska. Promoting and providing federal funding for needed Alaska infrastructure supports the working class and everyday Alaskans. Would the whiners and complainers rather this money go somewhere else?

    Thank you for a powerful and persuasive Senator that puts Alaska first. Action, not talk. Get er done.

    • By the time any of this supposed money trickles down to Alaska it will be to pay for staff, assessments, maybe some design and no complete projects! its a joke

    • Less than half the money in that bill actually goes to anything that could reasonably be called infrastructure; the remaining over half a trillion bucks is just “walking around money” for Democrat interest groups. Hopefully you’re getting paid for shilling. Otherwise, if you’re not a union contractor or work for one, you’re not going to see a dime from this bill.

  8. More pork. More debt. More Christmas Tree amendments that have NOTHING to do with infrastructure. All of this further strangles the prospects for our children and grandchildren. Lisa has to go.

  9. Murkowski is working on her retirement account, she is definitely not working for the good of our state!

    • Frank Murkowski has two government pensions. US Senate and State of Alaska. HUGE monthly payments. The Murkowski family have become multi-millionaires through government employment. (Not to mention what Frank put in his pocket when he ran the bank into the ground before 1980). This dynasty has to END.

      • Do you have any idea how many Alaskans are double and triple dippers? The Senate pension is undoubtedly quite substantial. He served in the Coast Guard so he might have a military retirement or he could have used the time towards his Senate pension or towards his PERS retirement. He was a division director for four years in the Seventies. I didn’t look it up, but that probably paid $50-$60K back them. He was Governor for four years, but I think he was the last governor on the old statutory $80K salary. So 8 years of 2% PERS time with a high three of $80K ain’t gonna’ make you flush even if he bought in with his USCG time. Plus when he was a director, the SOA was still in Social Security and he has SS earnings when he was in banking, so that would make him a triple dipper, like about half of the rest of the State.

  10. Are you surprised Alaska? I have one name for you, Kelly Tshibaka! The solution to ridding our State of the leftist collaborator named Murkowski. Send her packing Alaska!

  11. Lisa is a disgrace to Alaska and her self! Kelly Tshibaka is gonna be our next Senator and we can hardly wait!

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