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McAuliffe expresses frustration House hasn’t passed infrastructure bill

Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe campaigns outside the Fairfax County Government Center in Fairfax, Va., as the state opens the polls for the first day of early voting on Friday, September 17, 2021.
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Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe on Sunday expressed his frustration that the House has yet to pass its infrastructure bill.

“We’ve got frustration with Washington. You know, why haven’t we passed this infrastructure bill. It passed the U.S. Senate with 69 votes two months ago,” McAuliffe said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “We’re tired of the chitty chat up in Washington. Get in a room and get this figured out.”

“They’re paid to get up Washington, get this done and the frustration is, why isn’t it done by now? Sixty-nine votes in the Senate two months ago, get it done this week,” McAuliffe added. 

 

“I notice that you said Washington, and you don’t say Democrats. As you well know, you’re talking about the Democratic president you helped elect and democratic controlled Congress. You’re frustrated with their own party. Are they dragging you down?” host Dana Bash asked.

“You bet I’m frustrated,” McAuliffe responded.

McAuliffe, who endorsed President Joe Biden last year, has since said that the president is “unpopular” in Virginia. 

Biden, who campaigned with McAuliffe in July, told the candidate he was “all in” on helping him in his election efforts following McAuliffe’s victory in the state’s Democratic primary. 

Recent polling published last week showed the governor’s race in Virginia was a tight one as McAuliffe led with 49 percent of likely Virginia voters, while his Republican opponent Glenn Youngkin was behind at just 48 percent.

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