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Letter to the editor: Benefits of infrastructure bill huge

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We read today that Congress has passed, and the President has signed, an infrastructure bill. It will provide for construction and reconstruction projects all over the country, making the country safer, enabling 21st century technology (e.g. broadband, charging stations) and generating high-paying jobs for millions. A coalition of progressive and conservative lawmakers supported and worked out the details. It won't be cheap, but it's something the nation not only can afford (it's spread out over 10 years and costs a small fraction of 1% of the GDP) it's something we have to have. The benefits to Montana and the rest of America will be huge.

A couple of takeaways: 10 months ago President Biden was sworn in. Now we have an infrastructure bill. The former president promised to offer one to Congress for four years but did not in spite of having Congressional support for one; our Republican Representative voted against the bill (and against Montanans and Americans). He is a multimillionaire himself and has routinely voted against increasing taxes on the wealthy and against projects to help the middle class and working people.

Mark Hull,

Missoula

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