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For DeFazio, Biden Is Path Towards National Infrastructure Overhaul

Jared Murray

U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio is more upbeat about infrastructure improvement under President Biden than any other administration he’s recently served under.


The Oregon Democrat chairs the House Infrastructure and Transportation Committee.  He says last week, he and other committee members talked to Biden about upgrading the nation’s bridges and transit systems, as well as expanding broadband nationwide. 

“Y’know, I’ve been strung along too long.  Obama was going to do infrastructure, he killed my bill. Then Trump had seven fake infrastructure weeks. Biden - Lunch Bucket Joe- wants to get it done, he wants to bring the Blue-Green alliance forward. That’s environmental groups and labor. So that was a really, really great and promising meeting.”

DeFazio expects pushback from Republicans on the bill’s cumulative price tag of $325-350 billion.  But he says the jobs created and environmental upgrades will make it a “bargain.”

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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