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Wisconsin Republicans Refuse To Do Their Jobs — And They Want Working Families To Pay the Price

Feb 22, 2022

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February 22, 2022

Contact: Julia Hamelburg (julia.hamelburg@wisdems.org)

Wisconsin Republicans Refuse To Do Their Jobs — And They Want Working Families To Pay the Price

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin Republicans in Congress have made a habit of voting against their constituents’ best interests. Time and time again, whether voting against critical pandemic relief that put checks in workers’ pockets or historic investments in infrastructure that will ensure every household has clean drinking water, the Wisconsin GOP has blocked essential federal funds. It’s clear Wisconsin Republicans aren’t working for Wisconsinites – so who are they really working for?

Here’s what Wisconsin Republicans voted against in their own districts, all to block President Biden and Democrats’ agenda and score cheap political points:

Rep. Bryan Steil (R, WI-01):

  • Rep. Bryan Steil voted NO on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law even though the legislation is funding a grant to the Great Lakes Community Conservation Corp, that will train environmental workers and increase efficiency for the state’s environmental workforce – this training program will train 100 students and place at least 64 of them in environmental jobs, including in Rep. Steil’s district. 
  • Steil also voted NO on the American Rescue Plan, which allocated $67.6 million in critical pandemic relief to Kenosha county – expanding affordable housing and combatting homelessness and spurring economic development through job training. 

Rep. Scott Fitzgerald (R, WI-05):

  • Rep. Scott Fitzgerald voted NO on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, despite the legislation investing in airports across his district, including Waukesha County Airport, which will create jobs and build safer, climate-resilient infrastructure. 
  • Fitzgerald voted NO on the American Rescue Plan, which put the City of Brookfield “back on their feet” after the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite Fitzgerald’s opposition to the funds, the ARP funded millions in tourism grants for the industries most impacted by this pandemic – including grants to the Brookfield Convention and Visitors Bureau and Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce.

Rep. Glenn Grothman (R, WI-06):

  • Rep. Glenn Grothman voted NO on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which will fund Great Lakes clean-up efforts in Sheboygan and deliver clean drinking water for the City of Oshkosh – which is currently home to more than 7,000 lead services lines. 
  • Grothman also voted NO on the American Rescue Plan, which the City of Sheboygan is using to fund recruitment and retention initiatives for local workers. 

Rep. Tom Tiffany (R, WI-07):

  • Rep. Tom Tiffany voted NO on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which is investing in airports across his district including Central Wisconsin Airport and Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport, while also delivering clean drinking water to residents across the state – this is particularly vital for the city of Wausau, in which 3 out of nearly 10 service lines (roughly 8,500) contain lead. 
  • Tiffany also voted NO on the American Rescue Plan, which is funding schools in Wausau, reinvesting in ports and waterways in Superior, and funding tourism grants in Merrill. 

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R, WI-08):

  • Rep. Mike Gallagher voted NO on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, despite the legislation investing millions of federal funds in the Appleton International Airport and Green Bay-Austin Straubel International Airport – which will create jobs and relieve supply chain backups across his district. The Infrastructure Law also will fund clean-up efforts in the Fox River. 
  • Gallagher also voted NO on the American Rescue Plan, which funded grants to support tourism and hospitality staples across Green Bay. 

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