Rep. Upton got threatening messages over infrastructure bill vote

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Rep. Upton got threatening messages over infrastructure bill vote

Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) revealed Monday that he had received threatening messages after voting to support the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill in the House last week.

Upton told CNN host Anderson Cooper that an unidentified person had called him and left a message saying: “I hope you die.” 

“I hope you f—ing die. Hope your f—ing family dies. Hope everybody in your f—ing staff dies, you piece of s— traitor,” the person added.

“I’ll tell you it’s a terrible way — you know, we have seen civility really downslide here,” Upton told Cooper. “I’m concerned about my staff. They are taking these calls.”

“These are very disturbing [messages with] adult language, to say the least. That truly is frightening,” he added.

On Friday, Upton joined 12 other Republicans and 215 Democrats in voting “yes” on the Senate-passed bipartisan infrastructure package. The bill now awaits the signature of President Biden, who has yet to enact it despite calling on his party to urgently pass the measure last week.

Rep. Fred Upton
Rep. Upton called the messages “very disturbing.”
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Upton touted the bill following the vote, calling it “commonsense legislation that will support critical infrastructure projects in MI without raising taxes or increasing the debt.”

“I regret that this good, bipartisan bill became a political football in recent weeks,” Upton wrote on Twitter. “Our country can’t afford this partisan dysfunction any longer.”

Over the weekend, Rep. Majorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) called all 13 Republicans who voted in favor of the infrastructure bill “traitors” while sharing a photo on Twitter that listed their names. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joins other Democratic members on the House floor late last Friday as the House approves a $1 trillion package of road and other infrastructure projects.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joins other Democratic members on the House floor late last Friday as the House approves a $1 trillion package of road and other infrastructure projects.
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“13 Republicans voted with Pelosi to spend $7.5 billion to build EV charging stations all over America to force Americans to drive CCP battery driven cars,” she wrote. “China dominates the EV battery market by over 80% & the US can’t even compete with less than 10% market share.”

“Those 13 Republican traitors who voted to pass Biden’s Socialist Infrastructure bill agree with Globalist Joe that America must depend on China to drive EV’s. The unlucky 13 are China-First and America-Last. 13 American job & energy killers,” she added. 

United States President Joe Biden
The bill now awaits the signature of President Biden, who has yet to enact it.
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Upton, who was first elected to the House in 1986, was one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump earlier this year following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

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