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OABA Commends Senate for Passing Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association applauds Senate lawmakers for passing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684), providing needed investments to modernize U.S. infrastructure.

The bipartisan legislation would increase infrastructure spending by $550 billion over five years, including an additional $110 billion in U.S. roads and bridges, $65 billion for broadband, and $17.3 billion for ports and waterways. The latter includes $2.5 billion specifically for inland waterways construction projects.

OABA commends the efforts of Ohio Senator Rob Portman in crafting this legislation. Sen. Portman released the following statement:

“America’s infrastructure is in desperate need of repair and today’s vote brings the American people closer to more efficiency and safety in their roads, bridges, ports and other important assets. In addition, the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act will create jobs, increase productivity, and pave the way for decades of economic growth and prosperity – all without raising taxes or increasing inflation. 

“Today’s vote is evidence of what the Senate can accomplish when we put the interests of the country and the American people ahead of partisan differences. This bill is the product of months of good-faith negotiations between Republicans and Democrats and I thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for their efforts. I’d like to offer my sincerest thanks to Kyrsten Sinema in particular, without whom none of this would have been possible. 

“Presidents and Congresses have talked about truly modernizing our nation’s infrastructure for as long as I can remember. Today, the United States Senate delivered. Now I call on the House of Representatives to expeditiously pass this critical piece of legislation so we can finally deliver to the American people the safe, reliable, and modern infrastructure they deserve.”

A summary of the bill can be found here and its benefits for Ohio can be found here.

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