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Romney, Lee differ on Senate passage of $1 trillion infrastructure bill

U.S. Senators Mike Lee and Mitt Romney
Posted at 10:30 AM, Aug 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-10 14:04:29-04

WASHINGTON — Utah's senators differed in their thoughts about Tuesday's passage of a $1 Trillion infrastructure bill through the U.S. Senate

READ: Senate passes $1T infrastructure package

The legislation, which passed by a vote of 69-30, now heads to the House.

Sen. Mitt Romney applauded its passage in a statement.

“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," Romney said in a statement.

A bipartisan group of more than 20 Democrats and Republicans lifted the first phase of President Joe Biden's rebuilding agenda to passage.

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Romney continued, “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.”

Meanwhile, Sen. Mike Lee voted against the bill and explained why.

“I am sorely disappointed that the Senate chose to pass this irresponsible and so-called ‘infrastructure’ bill. It drastically expands federal power; it increases spending without legitimate ‘pay-fors’; it exacerbates our already dangerous inflation; and it facilitates burdensome taxes and regulations that will hamper and harm our infrastructure. Ultimately, it will be the American people who will be forced to pay the exorbitant price. That is why I opposed this bill, and why I am deeply concerned with the $3,500,000,000,000 cost of the next spending plan before the Senate.”

The U.S. House of Representatives will need to pass the bill and Biden has to sign it before it becomes law.

A handful of Republicans have been attempting to slow the bill throughout the process, including Utah Sen. Mike Lee.