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WASHINGTON DC, August 10, 2021 ~ Tuesday, the US Senate approved a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill 69-30, which will move on to the House of Representatives for the next vote.
“We haven’t had an infrastructure bill like this in decades, and if you look at world rankings right now in terms of infrastructure by experts, the United States ranks number 13 in the world in terms of the quality of our infrastructure,” said Senator Gary Peters to 760 WJR‘s Kevin Dietz. “To me that’s outrageous. This is the United States of America. We need to be number one, not number 13, and this bill will move us in the right direction.”
August 10, 2021 ~ Senator Gary Peters checks in with Kevin Dietz right before the infrastructure bill vote.
Michigan is slated to receive $8 billion for highways and bridge projects over the next five years. $7.3 billion will be allocated for federal highway programs, and $563 million will be for bridge replacements and repairs according to estimates from The White House. Michigan will also see an additional $1 billion to improve public transportation over the next five years.
The legislation includes $550 billion in nationwide spending, including $110 billion for roads and bridges, $39 billion for public transit and $55 billion for water and wastewater infrastructure. Railways, airports, seaports, broadband internet and electric vehicle charging stations are also included.
Following the vote, President Biden said that he called most of the 19 supporting Republicans, praising them for their decision.
“You have, and no doubt you will, disagree with me on many issues. But where we can agree, we should,” said Biden. “And here on this bill, we proved that we can still come together to do big things, important things, for the American people.”
“There are no Republican bridges or Democratic roads. This is a moment that lives beyond the headlines, beyond partisan soundbites, beyond the culture of instant outrage, disinformation and conflict as entertainment,” Biden continued. “This is about us doing the real hard work of governing. This is about democracy delivering for the people. This is about winning the future.”