Today, Rep. John L. Mica (R-FL) called the infrastructure spending in President Obama’s recovery package “almost minuscule,” criticizing Obama for not funding rail more generously. Matt Yglesias called him a “Republican worth listening to.” Add another to the list: today on MSNBC, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) said he would like to see more infrastructure spending:
KING: In fact, it’s not often that I vote with Congressman Nadler. But he’s going to have an amendment tonight to increase the mass transit money I think by several billion dollars. I’ll be voting for that. Even that is not enough. We do need more money on infrastructure spending. … We need more on the infrastructure. We need more on the infrastructure.
“I am conflicted. I said this is a very close call to me. But on balance, I’m going to vote no,” he said. Watch it:
Rep. Pete DeFazio (D-OR) recently remarked, “I think he’s [Obama’s] ill-advised by Larry Summers. Larry Summers hates infrastructure.”