This evening, the Senate voted 67-32 to begin debate on the landmark legislation
Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins, one of the lead negotiators of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that was unveiled today, participated in a press conference this evening to highlight key provisions of the bill that will provide lasting benefits to families and businesses across the country as well as help create jobs. The Senate voted 67-32 to begin debate on the landmark legislation.
“Tonight, we celebrate not only a long-overdue, much-needed investment in our infrastructure, but also the fact that bipartisanship is still possible,” said Senator Collins. “We have shown America that we can work together, that we can put aside ideological differences and work together to find common ground on an issue that affects each and every American. I’m very proud of what all of us have done. We still have a long ways to go before we get to the finish line, but this was a vitally important first step.”
Senator Collins was joined by the 9 other Senators whom she worked with to develop the original framework and draft the final legislation. The core group of 10 Senators went to the White House last month to meet with President Biden, who endorsed their efforts. As part of the negotiations, Senator Collins spearheaded the broadband working group with Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). The final agreement included $65 billion for the deployment of high-speed Internet to unserved and underserved areas.