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Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski comments on bipartisan infrastructure deal

Published: Jun. 24, 2021 at 5:39 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - On Thursday, June 24, President Biden, along with a group of senators, announced a bipartisan agreement on a national infrastructure plan.

The Associated Press reports that the bill is priced at $973 billion including more that half a trillion dollars of new spending.

The deal was struck after much discussion between the Biden administration and a group of both Democratic and Republican Senators, including Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski.

DC Bureau Correspondent Peter Zampa spoke with Murkowski about the agreement.

The senator said, “This was good for Republicans. It was good for Democrats. It was an infrastructure, an historic infrastructure proposal that will be good for the cities, for those of us that come from places like Alaska, it will be good for the country.”

According to Murkowski, “What I think allowed for a deal to come together was a commitment to the definition, a commitment to this is how much we’re focused on... and a commitment to getting a deal.”

From the bill, Murkowski is hoping to secure funding for Alaska’s Marine Highway System, and for increased broadband access around the state, among other projects.

But according to Murkowski, there is a lot of work that remains to be done.

“What we have agreed to is the framework. We have agreed to the definition of what we’re talking about, the scope of infrastructure, and it’s that, what we would describe as hardcore infrastructure, roads, rails, bridge, ferries, ports, broadband,” she said.

Party leaders and members on both sides of the aisle must be convinced to vote in favor of the tenets of the agreement.

Murkowski said the response she’s received from her colleagues has been largely positive. “This is important to the country, to be able to demonstrate that we can work together. We can build something positive,” she said.

On Friday, June 25, the process of writing the Legislation will begin, according to Murkowski.

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