A Republican congressman who voted to pass the infrastructure bill lauded by President Biden said Sunday “it’s a sad day,” that he has received death threats for his support of the bill, after fellow Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene tweeted the office phone numbers of the GOP representatives who voted for the bill last week.
Rep. Fred Upton (R-Michigan) received a voicemail calling him a “traitor” in which the caller said “I hope you f—king die, I hope your family f—king dies, I hope everyone in your f—king staff dies,” according to a recording of the call played on CNN.
Upton stressed that the Republican party was key to crafting the bill and had been central to its formation, and defended his support of the bill saying “we need roads and highways” and said he’s “glad” the bill received bipartisan support.
Upton said that other Republican representatives who voted to pass the bill received similar threats.
The congressman said he passed along information about the threats he received to authorities, and said some arrests have already been made of people who threatened his colleagues.
“It’s tough. It’s so unsettling. This is not what our democracy is about, these physical threats,” Upton told host Jake Tapper. “It’s a sad day in America when this type of stuff — I got a better four-letter word for it but I’ll save you — when it happens.”
13. That’s how many house republicans voted to pass the infrastructure bill. The bill passed 228-206 in the House, and 69-30 in the Senate, where it received support from 19 Republicans including Sen. Mitch McConnell.
The $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill passed in the Senate on Friday and will be signed by Biden on Monday. The spending package will fund overhauls to highways, roads and bridges across the country and expand broadband internet access. It’s been the subject of months of debate on both sides of the aisle and is a major component of Biden’s presidential platform. Greene and former President Trump have attacked Republicans who voted to pass the bill, which is closely linked to and was once a part of Biden’s Build Back Better social services and environmental framework, which many Republicans have staunchly opposed. Greene and Trump have criticized members of the GOP who support the bill for supporting Democrats and President Biden.