NDP Chair Jane Kleeb hailed progress made Wednesday in the U.S. Senate to move toward passage of the bipartisan, $1 trillion infrastructure bill, but called out Sens. Ben Sasse and Deb Fischer for not supporting the measure.
Sasse and Fischer did not join the 17 GOP lawmakers who voted with Democrats to send the measure toward a final vote.
“Sens. Sasse and Fischer could not muster up the strength to cross the aisle to move this historic infrastructure bill forward,” Kleeb said. “The bold and bipartisan legislation will grow the economy, create good jobs, enhance our competitiveness, and make our economy more sustainable, resilient, and just. It will create good-paying, union jobs -– with more than 80 percent of its funding covered by prevailing-wage provisions that require the jobs created to provide fair wages and benefits.
“The infrastructure bill is good for America and good for Nebraska. It’s too bad Sens. Sasse and Fischer only care about what is good for their big donors and radical voting base,” Kleeb said.
First proposed by President Joe Biden, the measure will rebuild America’s crumbling roads, bridges, water systems and public transit, among other things. The Senate is expected to give final approval to the measure in the coming days.