U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) today applauded the Senate passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, bipartisan infrastructure legislation negotiated by Senator Romney and his colleagues. The legislation, which passed by a vote of 69-30, now heads to the House.
“For decades, elected officials have talked about addressing our nation’s aging infrastructure. The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that passed out of the Senate today turns that talk into reality. While this bill is not perfect—as is the case with a true compromise—it provides a once-in-a-generation investment in our country’s physical infrastructure without raising taxes. That is what people and communities across the country demanded of us.
“As one of the fastest growing states in the country, Utah is in serious need of additional infrastructure. This bill would provide Utah the funding to construct new, and rebuild and maintain, its existing roads and highways. It would also help our state mitigate drought conditions, prepare for and respond to wildfires, expand broadband to rural communities, and fulfill critical water needs—which includes funds to bring running water to a substantial part of Utah’s Navajo Nation. I’m proud to have helped negotiate this bill because it gave Utah a seat at the table and benefits Americans across the country.”
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act was the work of bipartisan collaboration which will address decades of neglect of our nation’s hard, physical infrastructure. The bipartisan bill represents $550 billion in new spending—not $1.2 trillion—and it includes fiscally responsible pay-fors, such as unused COVID-19 relief funds. In a speech on the Senate floor this week, Senator Romney countered misinformation about the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Details on how the bill would benefit Utah can be found here, and text of the legislation can be found here.