New Hampshire Republican voted against $700bn infrastructure bill turns chair

A New Hampshire Republican who voted “no” on a bill that made $700bn in infrastructure spending over 10 years officially became the chairman of the panel overseeing the state’s effort to fix the infrastructure…

New Hampshire Republican voted against $700bn infrastructure bill turns chair

A New Hampshire Republican who voted “no” on a bill that made $700bn in infrastructure spending over 10 years officially became the chairman of the panel overseeing the state’s effort to fix the infrastructure over the same week she took over as the state’s top lawmaker.

Brett Guthrie posted on Twitter on Thursday that flooding in Wakefield had forced him to drive to the state capitol in Concord. Some roads were under 2ft of water. He cited work this week on the $4.1bn highway project as a reason for voting against a $504bn infrastructure bill.

But the 15-year, $700bn bill unanimously passed the house of representatives. “How about that,” he tweeted in response.

The flood covered several hundred yards of roadway as water rose on Thursday afternoon. Water reached the drive-thru of a Dunkin’ Donuts coffee shop. Bathroom stalls were overturned, and customers tried to cross on pieces of overturned garbage-carrying wheelbarrows.

Bernadette Gallagher, 33, said her shower had flooded from the overflowing street. She said the water had been in her car for less than an hour, but she would still go down to town to “get it washed out”.

Gallagher, a city maintenance worker, said: “All they are doing is passing the buck. Why don’t they clean the streets first? But other than that, they are doing their job.”

Sebastian Colli, 20, said the flooding was the worst he had ever seen. He said people in his building had asked them not to let anybody inside because of the state of the streets.

“The problem is the only way to get around is by car and once you get wet you are right back out in the street,” he said.

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