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GOP leadership targets Republican lawmakers who voted for Biden's infrastructure bill

This picture shows US President Joe Biden's joyous reaction as he delivers remarks in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, DC on November 6, 2021 after the passage of the bill to rebuild the nation’s ageing infrastructure. (Photo by AFP)

The Republican leadership has decided to punish GOP lawmakers who voted for Democratic US President Joe Biden's massive infrastructure bill.

After months of fierce negotiations, the House of Representatives passed Biden's $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, fulfilling a major milestone for the administration's domestic plans, and confirming a political victory for Democrats.

Biden, on Saturday, lauded the passing of the bill, which includes large investments in projects related to roads, bridges, railways and broadband internet, as a "monumental" step ahead.

"We did something that's long overdue, that has long been talked about in Washington, but never actually been done," Biden noted.

Thirteen Republican lawmakers were alongside the 215 Democratic congressmen who voted in favor of the legislation, passing the bill 228-206.

Meanwhile, according to a report published by the Punchbowl News "a number of GOP lawmakers were upset by the fact that several of their Republican colleagues voted early for the infrastructure package, helping Democrats cross the majority threshold on a key piece of Biden’s legislative agenda."

Some Republicans publicly called for retaliation against those who had supported the legislation.

The Republican lawmakers who voted for Biden's bill undermined the GOP party strategy, it said, adding that the Republican leaders in the US House of Representatives aimed to punish the lawmakers for breaching party policy. "The GOP leadership is bracing for rank-and-file lawmakers to attempt to strip committee assignments from the 13 Republican lawmakers ... Several of these lawmakers are also ranking members -- top Republicans on committees -- and those could be at risk, too."

It was not stated in the report whether the move had strong backing by all Republicans.

The party's steering committee, under House regulations, has the authority to recommend that a lawmaker be removed from committee assignments, which is then subject to a vote by the caucus and the full House.

Hardliner Republican lawmakers such as Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.), Matt Gaetz (Fla.) and Lauren Boebert (Colo.) have demanded punishment for the turncoats.

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