Valley delegate discusses infrastructure deal
ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) – Five Democrats and five Republicans met Thursday and reached a deal on part of a $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure plan. If passed, the package could bring improvements to a number of systems in Virginia, including roads, transportation and broadband.
President Joe Biden praised the group of Republican senators who worked with him to reach a deal.
“The people I was with today are people I trust,” Biden said. “I don’t agree with them on a lot of things, but I trust them when they say it’s the deal, we’ll stick to the deal.”
Of the. Tony Wilt says agreements like this are encouraging and serve as an example of how government should work.
“You like to see people abandon their partisan positions and make deals that benefit American citizens,” said the representative for the 26th District.
Wilt hopes the deal will be used to help the state improve the region’s highways. “We badly need the help of the federal government, especially with I-81, in my opinion they have completely abandoned funding for a number of years,” he said. .
He says the $ 65 billion proposed for broadband infrastructure is needed in rural areas, like the northwest corner of Rockingham County.
“We saw it last year in education, our kids were learning virtually, but what about kids who didn’t have internet access? I think it’s something that could also be looked at, ”Wilt said.
Wilt adds that it’s important to make sure the bill goes as advertised with nothing more hidden inside.
“It’s absolutely essential that there isn’t a whole lot of pork being poured out there, special favors to people who have nothing to do with infrastructure, we have to be sure that stuff doesn’t ‘is not there, ”he said.
The proposed agreement includes $ 312 billion for transportation-related infrastructure and $ 266 billion for other types of infrastructure.
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