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Brown attends infrastructure bill signing in Washington, DC

By: - November 15, 2021 2:38 pm

Gov. Kate Brown was on hand Monday in Washington, D.C., as President Joe Biden signed a $1 trillion federal infrastructure bill that will bring more than $5 billion to Oregon over the next five years. 

Brown described the new law as a “game changer” for Oregon. 

“It will help us repair and improve our roads and bridges, build more (electric vehicle) infrastructure, and support hardworking Oregon families – all with a focus on equity at its core,” she said. 

Most of Oregon’s funding will go toward transportation, with $3.4 billion for roads and highways, $268 million for bridges and $747 million for public transportation. The state also stands to receive $529 million for water infrastructure, $39 million to mitigate wildfires and $100 million to expand broadband access in rural areas.

During Monday’s signing ceremony, Biden said projects that receive funding will need to align with his administration’s priorities. They must use supplies from American manufacturers, employ unionized workers and design projects with climate change in mind.

A Brown spokesman did not respond to inquiries about how long she’ll remain in Washington and what else she would do in the capital. She recently attended the global climate conference in Glasgow. She’s facing growing pressure in Oregon to call the Legislature into a special session to address housing, as the state anticipates running out of rental assistance money by the end of the month.

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Julia Shumway
Julia Shumway

Julia Shumway has reported on government and politics in Iowa and Nebraska, spent time at the Bend Bulletin and most recently was a legislative reporter for the Arizona Capitol Times in Phoenix. An award-winning journalist, Julia most recently reported on the tangled efforts to audit the presidential results in Arizona.