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Whitmer, Biden tout infrastructure bill ahead of U.S. House vote

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Biden: jlhervàs, CC BY 2.0 Whitmer: Jake Neher/WDET

Governor Gretchen Whitmer joined President Joe Biden Wednesday for an online event to promote the infrastructure bill that’s before Congress. The selling points include a massive infusion of funds for roads, bridges and dams. Also, for creating the infrastructure to support a growing fleet of electric vehicles.

The President has set a goal of EVs making up half of new vehicle sales by 2030. The President said Michigan’s manufacturing sector stands to make major gains if the bill is adopted.

“Hopefully, this makes people realize, if the auto workers and the automobile executives can get together and form this kind of alliance, I think we’re making some real progress.”

Other state and local officials also took part in the online event.

The one trillion dollar bill has been adopted by the U.S. Senate and is now before the House.

Whitmer said taxpayer investments in electric infrastructure, clean water, dams, and roads will pay off in public safety and more jobs.

“We need to have this infrastructure so we can lead the world in advanced mobility. So this is a much-needed investment in moving us towards an electric future and it may be the momentum we need for bigger investments in the future.”

Some members of Congress argue the current infrastructure bill does not put enough funding toward upgrading the electrical grid and electric vehicle charging stations.

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Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987.
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