Watch now: Even on Agriculture Day, it’s still infrastructure week in Illinois

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U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff joins Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth at the Illinois Department of Transportation on Tuesday. 




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Thompson, the ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee, invited by Davis to attend the forum with Illinois farmers, agreed that "infrastructure is a good investment."

"There’s not a commodity out there that doesn’t have to use infrastructure to get to market, whether it’s a train, shipping barges, roads with trucks," he said. " … "But we cannot allow farmers and ranchers to carry this financial burden on their backs."

Noting that Illinois’ transportation network has made it a major player in the national economy, Durbin said the state needs to invest to keep its status in the future. 

This means investment in emerging markets, such as electric vehicles, tipping his cap to companies like Rivian, which has made significant investments in Normal. 

"I don’t want to be partisan about this, but there was no infrastructure bill in the last administration," Durbin said. "None. We’re making up for lost time.  (A) bipartisan bill put together by Republicans and Democrats who all agree this is a priority for America’s economy to grow."

Still, the bipartisan package face roadblocks. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said she will not call it for a vote in the House until the Senate approves the reconciliation bill, which faces a steeper climb given the reservations of moderate Democrats. 

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via The Southern

August 20, 2021 at 04:40PM

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