Ronald Reagan cut deals all the time with Democrats in the House to get things done for the good of the country. That's what we're supposed to do. This isn't a zero-sum game. — GOP Rep. John Katko of New York
Ronald Reagan cut deals all the time with Democrats in the House to get things done for the good of the country. That's what we're supposed to do. This isn't a zero-sum game. — GOP Rep. John Katko of New York

There's always going to be people in the cheap seats who are going to be naysayers, but that's the nature of the business. But the bottom line is, we got to move this country forward. — GOP Rep. John Katko of New York
There's always going to be people in the cheap seats who are going to be naysayers, but that's the nature of the business. But the bottom line is, we got to move this country forward. — GOP Rep. John Katko of New York

Rep. John Katko defends his vote for the bipartisan infrastructure bill by noting Reagan 'cut deals all the time with Democrats'
  • Republican Rep. John Katko defended his vote for the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill.
  • In a Spectrum 1 interview, Katko credited Reagan for working with Democrats to pass legislation.
  • The congressman said that the bill would address the "atrocious state of our infrastructure."
GOP Rep. John Katko of New York on Tuesday defended his support of the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure legislation, invoking former President Ronald Reagan as conservative critics direct their ire at members who broke party lines to support the bill.

During an interview with Spectrum News 1, Katko, who was one of only 13 House Republicans to support the legislation, pushed back against Republican angst over the bill by linking its passage to one of the party's most revered figures.

"Ronald Reagan cut deals all the time with Democrats in the House to get things done for the good of the country," the congressman said. "That's what we're supposed to do. This isn't a zero-sum game."

He added: "There's always going to be people in the cheap seats who are going to be naysayers, but that's the nature of the business. But the bottom line is, we got to move this country forward."


The bipartisan legislation, which will appropriate long-sought funding for the nation's highways, bridges, and roads, was crafted by President Joe Biden and a bipartisan group of US senators earlier this year, before being taken up and passed by the upper chamber in a 69-30 vote.

... Support from members like Katko fueled intense backlash from former President Donald Trump, who has railed against the bill for months, along with former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, who on Tuesday called for members who backed the legislation to lose their committee assignments.
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