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ICYMI: Mariannette Miller-Meeks Falls in Line with Party Leaders by Voting No on Critical Infrastructure Funding For Iowa

Miller-Meeks cowers to party leaders and turns her back on Iowans by shamefully voting against “more than $15 million for trail and road projects in Iowa’s 2nd congressional district

In case you missed it, last week Mariannette Miller-Meeks proved once again that she’s more interested in being a rubber stamp for far-right party leaders than delivering results for Iowa.

Miller-Meeks fell in line with her party by trying to block a bill which would make key infrastructure investments — “despite the measure including more than $15 million for trail and road projects in Iowa’s 2nd congressional district” which she herself had requested.

“When it mattered most, Miller-Meeks was more interested in standing with party leaders than investing in infrastructure and creating jobs in Iowa,” said DCCC spokesperson Elena Kuhn. “Iowans deserve better than someone who will choose partisanship over creating jobs in IA-02.”

Read more below: 

Quad City Times: Miller-Meeks votes against infrastructure bill with earmarks for Iowa’s 2nd District

  • The bill passed largely along party lines, with House GOP members opposed, even though it included earmarks proposed by Republican members that would explicitly fund projects in their districts.

  • Democrats touted the plan as providing overdue investments to revitalize and modernize the nation’s infrastructure — including in rural and underserved areas of the country — as well as a pathway for creating new, good paying jobs, tackling climate change and laying the groundwork for a broader infrastructure deal being worked on by a bipartisan working group in the U.S. Senate.


  • The bill designates more than 1,470 projects amounting to nearly $5.7 billion in spending, according to the U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. Nearly 1,070 projects worth just under $4 billion were sought by Democrats.

  • Republicans secured 403 projects valued at nearly $1.7 billion.

  • Projects requested by Miller-Meeks included in the House-passed measure include:

    • $9.9 million for the City of Iowa City, on Dodge Street, from Burlington Street north to Governor Street

    • $2.3 million for the HIRTA Regional Transit Facility in Waukee

    • $2 million for the Marion County Road G28 corridor

    • $1.1 million for the Iowa 136 bridge replacement over Elwood Creek 3.1 miles west of US 61 in Clinton County

    • $900,000 for the Red Rock Prairie Trail in Prairie City


  • House Democrats, who have targeted the competitive district and the vulnerable incumbent in the 2022 midterms, have attacked Miller-Meeks for voting against needed investments in her district to score political points with party leaders and deny President Biden a bipartisan win.

  • “When Miller-Meeks is home in the district this recess, don’t be surprised if she spends time touting the very investments she voted against,” according to news release from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the official campaign and fundraising arm of House Democrats. “Just like when Miller-Meeks voted against direct relief funds for her community in the American Rescue Plan, but was all too happy to take the dough.”

  • DCCC Spokesperson Elena Kuhn, in a statement, said Miller-Meeks “stood against” Iowa families “when it counted,” and that they “have Democrats to thank for the good-paying jobs and much-needed infrastructure investments headed their way.”


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