WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today hosted a press conference along with Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) focused on infrastructure. During the press conference, Senator Capito and her Republican colleagues mapped out what a real bipartisan infrastructure package should look like.
DEFINING INFRASTRUCTURE: “I think it’s important to define what infrastructure is because I think what we saw from the president’s $2.2 trillion package—his definition of infrastructure is a lot different than what mine is—although there are a lot of similarities.”
HISTORY OF BIPARTISANSHIP: “I’m working with Senator Carper every day to try to get a bipartisan surface transportation bill, but that’s not the only thing that I think will be a part. That’s our roads and bridges, our core infrastructure that all of us in our states want. Through the years we’ve come together in bipartisan way and negotiated these bills time and time again.”
FINDING THAT SWEET SPOT: “But we are very different I think when you look at what core infrastructure means to you. I said roads and bridges, I also mean water and wastewater projects, our airport modernizations, broadband is a huge part of that…I characterized it yesterday as our ‘sweet spot.’ I think that’s the sweet spot of where we can join together, and the American people can actually see us negotiate a package where we all believe very strongly in devoting resources, time, and effort into modernizing infrastructure across the country.”
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