WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), a member of the Senate Banking Committee and the Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, issued the following statement in support of the infrastructure plan released by Senate Republican leaders today:
“Republicans’ infrastructure proposal is a robust plan built on the bipartisan progress we have made at the committee level, and it should be the foundation of any future package. The framework released today would help America repair its crumbling roads and bridges, expand broadband access, revitalize our water infrastructure, and ensure the needs of rural states like North Dakota are met. It aims to bolster economic growth, strengthen national security, prepare for the future, and improve our constituents’ quality of life. I urge my colleagues to support it and to come to the negotiating table so we can deliver a significant bipartisan win for the American people.”
The plan includes investments such as:
The framework also authorizes funds for rail, airports, waterways, and water storage through the Bureau of Reclamation. It declares the plan should reduce regulatory burdens, expedite the environmental review process, provide resources using the existing funding formula, and be paid for with unused federal funds and without raising taxes. These principles were unveiled today by the lead Republicans on the EPW, Commerce, Banking, Finance, and Energy and Natural Resources committees. Learn more here.
Senator Cramer delivered remarks on the Senate floor yesterday calling for a bipartisan infrastructure package that works for rural America, a proposal the senator has been using his leadership seat on EPW to advocate for in public comments and hearings. Watch here.