Kinzinger: I look forward to passing the Senate infrastructure bill

Congressman says investment is needed to improve roadways, bridges and internet access across Illinois

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U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger lauded the passage of a $1 trillion infrastructure bill by the Senate this week which he said he looks forward to passing in the House of Representatives.

“It’s time to make an investment in our nation that will pay dividends for future generations,” Kinzinger said in a statement. “Finding new and innovative ways to keep America moving is one of the most important roles of the federal government. I support the legislation passed by the Senate, as well as the bipartisan negotiations that made it possible.”

The Republican from Channahon specifically pointed to the substantial need for investment to repair several deteriorating bridges and roads across Illinois.

Kinzinger also argued for the need to expand access to the internet since he is the co-chair of the House Rural Broadband Caucus. He said 7% of Illinois residents don’t have adequate broadband infrastructure and 62% live in areas which have only one internet provider.

He noted that the Senate bill includes $65 billion in broadband investments.

The House of Representatives still needs to pass the bill, which if it does would present a significant, and somewhat rare bipartisan accomplishment in Congress after years of many across the country calling for action on infrastructure spending.

“For years I’ve been calling for substantial investments in infrastructure, and with the Senate action this week, we are one step closer to getting this effort across the finish line,” Kinzinger said in his statement.

Alex Ortiz

Alex Ortiz

Alex Ortiz is a reporter for The Herald-News in Joliet. Originally from Romeoville, Ill., he joined The Herald-News in 2017 and mostly covers Will County government, politics, education and more. He earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master's degree from Northwestern University.