Mark Warner

Current U.S. senator and former governor Mark Warner visited the town of Rocky Mount on Tuesday to discuss the bipartisan infrastructure bill that is currently about to be voted on by the House of Representatives by the end of next month. Other topics such as COVID-19 and Afghanistan also were discussed.

Current U.S. senator and former governor Mark Warner visited the town of Rocky Mount on Tuesday to discuss the bipartisan infrastructure bill that is currently about to be voted on by House of Representatives by the end of next month. Other topics such as COVID-19 and Afghanistan also were discussed.

The bipartisan infrastructure bill, which is called the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, will bring $110 billion for roads and bridges, $66 billion in rails, $55 million for water infrastructure, $65 million for broadband internet and more.

“For 50 years, our country hasn’t invested in infrastructure in a way we should,” Warner said.

He said the infrastructure bill will help folks in southern and southwest Virginia a lot, because the COVID-19 pandemic showed how important it is having high speed broadband internet to be able to study and work at home. Warner said this bill combined with other legislation will ensure that every home in Virginia will have access to the internet at an affordable rate.

Warner also pointed out that Virginia has 700 bridges that are “in the state of decay” and many of them are almost dangerous to drive over, so this infrastructure bill will make sure they get repaired.

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