U.S. Senate passes $1 trillion infrastructure bill in a 69-30 vote
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday, August 10 approved an infrastructure plan involving more than $1 trillion.
The vote of 69 to 30, with one member of the body not voting, came after months of negotiation between a bipartisan group of lawmakers and the Biden administration.
While critics of the bill oppose adding more to the national deficit, supporters argue that it will provide needed resources and boost economic recovery.
Senator Lisa Murkowski voted in favor of the bill, and told our D.C. correspondents that in Alaska the plan will affect the Alaska Marine Highway System and both small and large airports.
She said, “To get 69 votes on this significant, historic infrastructure measure for the nation was, indeed, important.”
Murkowski went on to say, “We should always be concerned about the price tag. We should always be concerned as stewards of the taxpayer dollars; but let’s keep in mind, let’s put in perspective, we have not had significant infrastructure reforms, we have not a significant infrastructure package for decades. For decades.”
The bill will next go to the House of Representatives. The Associated Press reports that the House is expected to hear it along with a larger infrastructure package, one that doesn’t have the same level of bipartisan support.
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