BREAKING: Two More House Republicans Exposed for Voting No, But Taking the Dough

April 3, 2021
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NY Post: Reps Zeldin & Garbarino Take 'Victory Lap' Over American Rescue Plan Money

Three days after Rep. Madison Cawthorn got caught bragging about stimulus funds he voted to block, New York Reps. Lee Zeldin and Andrew Garbarino have been exposed for taking a 'victory lap' over American Rescue Plan funding they voted against

American Rescue Plan relief averted public transit cuts in New York that Zeldin and Garbarino couldn't help but take credit for...

NY Post

Long Island GOP Reps. Lee Zeldin and Andrew Garbarino took a victory lap after the MTA and Long Island Railroad announced they would reverse service cuts, despite the lawmakers voting against the $1.9 trillion stimulus bill that made the service restoration possible.

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The two pols were part of a united block of Republican opposition to the federal funding bill, which passed the House just a day later on a mostly party-line vote.

The American Rescue Act ultimately allocated $6.5 billion for the perennially cash strapped MTA — which authority leaders said was the lifesaver.

“We will avoid drastic service cuts on subways, buses, Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road as a result of this federal funding … and we also will avoid layoffs and furloughs of thousands of our colleagues,” MTA Chairman Pat Foye told WCBS as the bill neared final passage.

Zeldin previously bragged in-district about writing the funding formula his Republican colleagues have called a ‘blue state bailout.’ 

Republicans have openly admitted that they ‘bungled’ their messaging around the American Rescue Plan.  They’ve now resorted to voting no, taking the dough, and showing up at the ribbon cutting.

Expect to see more of this shamelessness if Republicans vote against President Biden’s American Jobs Plan to create 15 million jobs over the next decade – with ‘blue collar Americans’ benefiting the most.