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Whitmer: Infrastructure bill could be “momentum” for more investment

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer joined President Joe Biden on Wednesday to help pitch his trillion-dollar infrastructure bill.

The event with the President and a cadre of state and local officials took place online. It’s part of an effort to sell the bill as it heads to the House for a make-or-break vote.

Whitmer said the bill fits in with her signature campaign promise.

“I ran on fixing the dam roads... I remember... And it’s fixing the dams and roads.”

Whitmer said assistance to restore dams and replace lead pipes, expand high-speed internet, and add more E-V charging stations will all produce tangible benefits for Michigan.

The infrastructure bill has gotten pushback from some Michigan Democrats for not doing more to help boost electric vehicles. Whitmer said a success in adopting the infrastructure bill could lead to more support in the future.

Rick Pluta is the Capitol Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He is heard daily on WCMU's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.