According to WKYT, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) showered President Joe Biden's infrastructure bill with praise at a meeting with constituents during a tour of the AppHarvest Facility in Morehead.
"How many decades have we worried about lack of economic development in eastern Kentucky? And we all know with the decline of the coal industry, it only got worse. So this gives us hope," said McConnell. He said that the infrastructure bill will likely help accelerate growth further, noting that the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the state a poor grade.
"I'm surprised we even got a C," said McConnell. "We have a lot of infrastructure needs, both in rural areas and with big bridges. It's a godsend for Kentucky."
McConnell was one of over a dozen Republican senators who voted to support the bipartisan infrastructure bill, which provides funding around the country for roads, bridges, ports, electric vehicle charging stations, climate resilience, and clean water.
Although the bill had robust GOP support in the Senate, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) heavily opposed the measure and urged his caucus to vote against it. Ultimately, 13 Republicans in the House supported it as well, and the GOP is now considering stripping those members of committee assignments.