GOP rep says taxpayers 'happy' to pay for performance in improving infrastructure

Rep. Rob WoodallWilliam (Rob) Robert WoodallOmar endorses progressive Georgia Democrat running for House seat House candidate asks FEC to let her use campaign funds for health insurance House Democrats launch effort to register minority voters in key districts MORE (R-Ga.) said on Friday that taxpayers will be willing to pay for performance in infrastructure, citing his home state as an example. 

"We're a conservative state in the Deep South, and we passed a billion dollars a year transportation tax increase because we want to be the economic singer of the southeastern United States," Woodall told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti on "Rising." 

"When we had a bridge burn down in Georgia, we came together, Democrats at the local level, Republicans at the state and federal level, produced it in record time, and get this, paid a $3 million performance bonus to the contractor," he continued.

"Do you know how many conservatives complained about that performance bonus? Zero. Folks are happy to pay for performance. It's paying for nonperformance that divides this country," he said. 

"What Mr. Rouda and I are going to work on is making sure we're squeezing in every single dollar to get maximum value for the American taxpayer, and Americans want that 21st-century system," he said. 

Woodall appeared for the interview alongside fellow House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee member Rep. Harley RoudaHarley Edwin RoudaDemocrat Harley Rouda advances in California House primary Let engineers make engineering decisions on local infrastructure projects EPA pushes back on Oversight review of ethics program MORE (D-Calif.).  

Infrastructure has proven to be a rare point of bipartisan agreement between Republicans and Democrats. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) have said they will work with Trump toward a $2 trillion infrastructure package and are expected to meet with the president next week.

However, GOP lawmakers have doubts about an infrastructure package, and how to pay for it without raising taxes. 

— Julia Manchester