Minnesota Gov Blasts GOP Lawmaker for Celebrating $1 Billion Bridge He Voted Against

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, D, blasted Rep. Peter Stauber, R-Minn., for celebrating more than $1 billion in federal funds coming to their state for an infrastructure bill he voted against.

“Oh boy. I hate to talk politics when there’s good news to celebrate but this is too brazen to ignore,” the governor wrote on X, formerly Twitter, on Monday in response to a post from Stauber. “Mr. Stauber voted against every screw, steel beam, and concrete pier in this bridge.”

Walz claimed President Joe Biden worked with Stauber’s colleagues to get the funding done.

“Thanks, Joe!” he wrote.

Stauber’s tweet celebrated the funding making its way to Duluth, Minnesota. The federal funds are being used to replace a bridge connecting Duluth to Superior, Wisconsin.

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz
FRIDLEY, MN – APRIL 03: Minnesota Governor Tim Walz speaks during a visit by U.S. President Joe Biden to the Cummins Power Generation facility on April 3, 2023 in Fridley, Minnesota. The visit is a continuation of the administration’s Investing in America tour. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

“The Blatnik Bridge is aging, and its restoration is essential to ensuring continued economic success, which is why I have long fought for these funds,” he wrote in a statement.

Stauber was one of a majority of House Republicans to vote against a $1 trillion infrastructure package in 2021. The massive spending package was passed by House Democrats and 13 Republicans.

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Planagan also blasted Stauber for not supporting the infrastructure bill.

“Guys, who’s gonna tell Pete Stauber he voted against this bridge?” she wrote on X.

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