Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) was joined by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Mitt Romney (R-UT) in issuing the following statement, urging the House of Representatives to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill. The Senate passed the package last month by a vote of 69-30.
“Passage of the historic bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act on Monday would be a great victory for the American people. It will modernize and upgrade our roads, bridges, ports, and broadband; increase the resiliency of our electric grid and coastal areas; and create jobs and long-term economic growth without raising taxes on everyday Americans or increasing inflation.
“Importantly, this bipartisan bill is a testament to what Congress can achieve when we put partisanship aside and focus on moving the country forward. Congress has talked about modernizing our nation’s infrastructure for as long as we can remember. The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act deserves the support of House Republicans and Democrats alike. We urge the House of Representatives to pass the bill on Monday when it comes up for a vote before the existing surface transportation authorization expires.”
Senator Collins was part of the original group of 10 Senators who negotiated the infrastructure package. She focused on the areas of broadband expansion and funding for highways and bridges. The other nine negotiators were: Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Mark Warner (D-VA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Jon Tester (D-MT).