According to a report from the New York Times, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) would rather his state and Ohio not receive much-needed federal money for a bridge many of his constituents won't cross because they regard it as "dangerous" because the money would be contained in Joe Biden's infrastructure bill.
With the Republican leadership resisting the $2 trillion infrastructure package proposed by the newly-elected president because it would be financed by raising taxes on the rich, residents in Kentucky and Ohio would like to see the Brent Spence Bridge that connects Cincinnati with northern Kentucky replaced.
As the Times notes, the bridge became unusable for six weeks last November due to a fire that followed the crash of a tractor-trailer hauling potassium hydroxide with another truck.
According to the Times, "Daily commutes were snarled. Shipping delays rippled across the eastern United States. And residents who had grown accustomed to intractable fights among politicians over how to update the unsightly and overburdened choke point — and how to pay for it — had a glimmer of hope that, finally, something might get done."
Those hopes are withering away now that McConnell has said he won't agree to help pass Biden's bill.
The top Republican in the Senate admitted as much when asked about the need for a new bridge.
"I can't imagine that somewhere in a multitrillion dollar bill, there wouldn't be money for the Brent Spence Bridge," Mr. McConnell explained while visiting his home state. "Whether that is part of an overall package I could support? I could tell you if it's going to have massive tax increases and trillions more added to the national debt, not likely."
According to the Times, "...the Brent Spence Bridge has become a window into the depth of the political and ideological divide that is shaping the debate in Washington over Mr. Biden's $2.3 trillion plan, so profound that Mr. McConnell — a longtime proponent of fixing the structure — has become its most vocal and hostile opponent."
Trey Grayson, a Kentucky Republican who has strenuously advocated for replacing the bridge pointed out the box McConnell has put himself in with his battle with Biden
"He would love to invest in Kentucky, not just because of his legacy but because he believes in it," he explained. "On the other side, he's the Republican leader of a caucus that doesn't want to cooperate with Biden, doesn't want to spend money, doesn't want to raise corporate taxes and is more willing to vote 'no' than figure out how to make this thing work."
According to the Times, "The Brent Spence Bridge — named for a 16-term Kentucky congressman who retired in 1963, the year it opened — is sturdy enough, but it was designed to accommodate roughly half the amount of traffic it now handles every day. By one estimate, its eight lanes carry freight amounting to 3 percent of the nation's gross domestic product each year, in addition to tens of thousands of daily commuters. Accidents amid the cramped and narrow lanes are frequent and, given that there are no side shoulders on the bridge, harrowing. In an era of booming e-commerce, the situation is only likely to become worse."
One Kentucky resident claimed it has been a problem for years and, despite Ohio and Kentucky being home to top Republicans, nothing is getting done.
"I remember when McConnell started becoming a big person in Washington, we were like, 'Oh, this is great. We're going to get more federal money and we're going to get the bridge done,' " explained Paul Long. "Then we had Boehner, who was the speaker of the House at the same time, people were thinking, 'Yes, definitely going to get it done now.'"
According to Long, he would "do anything I can to avoid" using the bridge.
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Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon complained about the treatment he was receiving from the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol riots during an interview with embattled Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL).
While talking with Gaetz, Bannon said that the vote to hold him in criminal contempt of Congress was a "set up" involving Attorney General Merrick Garland.
Gaetz went on to claim that the committee is "trying to create a wholly enclosed ecosystem of the persecution in the Congress and in the enforcement tools in the Department of Justice."
Gaetz then claimed that the FBI had become "the enforcement wing of the Democratic Party," a development he said was "scary."
"They called me crazy when I said the FBI was out to get Trump!" Gaetz added.
Gaetz also accused former Trump Attorney General Jeff Sessions of getting "Stockholm Syndrome" because he never indicted any prominent Democrats during his tenure.
The Capitol riot committee this week unanimously voted to refer criminal charges against Bannon to the DOJ after Bannon completely refused to comply with its subpoenas.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) pointedly said ahead of the vote that she believed Bannon was stonewalling the committee to prevent revelations of Trump's direct involvement in the planning of the Capitol riots from becoming public.
Watch the video below.
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Trump advisor Peter Navarro promotes his new book by trashing two of the former president's prominent hires
On Wednesday, former Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro promoted his upcoming book, "In Trump Time," and used it to trash former White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham, who recently came out with a tell-all of her own about the Trump administration.
"I knew and liked Stephanie, all the way from the 2016 presidential campaign, up to her betrayal of the Trumps," said Navarro, who recently stirred controversy by calling top COVID-19 adviser Anthony Fauci "truly evil" and accusing him of "killing Americans." "But here's the broader point, and it is an important one for history as well as for future presidents: never hire a press secretary who lacks both the intellect and training to understand the nuances of your policies."
Navarro also took a swipe at former White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, mocking Grisham for believing he was "actually competent."
In Trump Time book due Nov 2 establishes Bad Personnel is Bad Policy. Key lesson with Stephanie @omgrisham: Never… https://t.co/7USbyg87jq— Peter Navarro (@Peter Navarro) 1634763705.0
Grisham, unfazed by the insult, was quick to fire back.
MAGA rioter who boasted he was 'invincible' gets arrested after being ratted out by fellow insurrectionist
A Capitol rioter who said he wasn't worried about getting caught by the FBI because he was wearing a mask throughout the insurrection has been arrested.
Landon Mitchell was identified by a former co-worker who accompanied him to the Capitol, Luke Wessley Bender.
Bender was arrested in July after a high school classmate tipped off the FBI.
"On Jan. 6, Landon Mitchell bragged to a Facebook friend that he 'breached the Capitol' and was 'one of the very first in' when a pro-Trump mob stormed the halls of Congress. He appeared in video on the floor of the U.S. Senate, went through a senator's desk and took to the dais, where he posed next to the so-called QAnon Shaman," the Huffington Post reports. "Later, when a friend feared that the FBI might arrest Mitchell, he wrote that he was 'invincible' and 'not too worried' because he 'was masked up the whole time' he was inside the Capitol."
Mitchell later bragged to another friend that he appeared in footage from the insurrection that was published by the New Yorker magazine — but he said only the back of his head was visible.
"Thank God for giving me the foresight to put my mask up," he wrote, according to a criminal complaint.
Mitchell also posted photos and videos of himself inside the Senate chamber on Facebook.
"When discussing his presence within the Capitol on January 6, Mitchell stated that 'people are fed up with how crooked the government has been and they pretty much been laughing at us thinking we wouldn't do anything about it,'" the complaint states. "He continued, "we[']re not happy. They learned that today.'"
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