Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.) came out in support of the bipartisan infrastructure bill Thursday, becoming the fifth House Republican to do so.
The five Republicans are backing the Senate-passed bill despite the fact that their leadership team is whipping members against it.
"First of all, I think we need hard infrastructure. I worked on this bill from the beginning as part of the Problem Solvers so it's been a half-Republican, half-Democrat effort," Bacon told reporters. "I think it's an area we can show Congress working."
Bacon also said he thought it was wrong for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyCheney reveals GOP's Banks claimed he was Jan. 6 panel's ranking member House votes to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress GOP memo urges lawmakers to blame White House 'grinches' for Christmas delays MORE (R-Calif.) to "pick this fight." McCarthy criticized the bill as not being bipartisan.
Democrats are scrambling to reach a deal within their House caucus that would ensure the infrastructure bill passes the House next week.
Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSunday shows preview: CDC signs off on 'mix and match' vaccine boosters Buttigieg aims to use Tucker Carlson flap to spotlight paternity leave Judge to hear Trump's case against Jan. 6 committee in November MORE (D-Calif.) made a commitment to House centrists to vote on the bill by Sept. 27, but progressives in the House want the House to first vote on a larger $3.5 trillion spending package. Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalWhich proposals will survive in the Democrats' spending plan? Proposals to reform supports for parents face chopping block Democrats see light at end of tunnel on Biden agenda MORE (D-Wash.), who heads the Congressional Progressive Caucus, has said half of that group could vote against the infrastructure bill if their demands are not met.
Bacon's support gives Democrats a little more wiggle room to lose some Democratic votes, though not nearly enough of progressives vote en masse against the legislation.
GOP Reps. Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickTo sustain humanity COP26 must lead on both climate and biodiversity House passes bill to expand workplace protections for nursing mothers The 9 Republicans who voted to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress MORE (Pa.), Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerThe 9 Republicans who voted to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress Cheney reveals GOP's Banks claimed he was Jan. 6 panel's ranking member House votes to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress MORE (Ill.), Tom ReedTom ReedDemocratic retirements could make a tough midterm year even worse The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble Fifth House Republican comes out in support of bipartisan infrastructure bill MORE (N.Y.) and Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonThe 9 Republicans who voted to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress House votes to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble MORE (Mich.) have also publicly signaled that they will support the infrastructure bill according to The Hill's whip list.
To pass this legislation, House Democrats can only afford to lose about three votes from their party without any help from Republicans.