The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed a $1 trillion infrastructure bill that drew bipartisan support. After weeks of intense debate and heated negotiations, 19 Republicans joined all 50 Democratic Senate members in a 69-30 vote in favor of the bill. Considered a major advance in President Biden’s economic agenda, it includes big increases in funding for roads, broadband access and energy usage.
New Jersey stands to receive $12 billion that would go to New Jersey Transit, and for the repair or replacement of crumbling bridges and water systems — and to the long-awaited Gateway Tunnel under the Hudson River.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg made a stop in Jersey this week to tout the plan. But the legislation for it must pass in the House, where it faces an uncertain future. We asked U.S. Rep. Andy Kim about the bill’s fate just moments after the Senate vote.
Kim also discusses the new $60 million VA community-based outpatient clinic coming to Ocean County.