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McKinley Right On Infrastructure

U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., made two important points over the weekend, after the House passed a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, from which West Virginia alone is set to receive $3.013 billion for roads and bridges, more than $350 million for modernization and repair of water and sewer systems, at least $100 million for broadband deployment, and part of the $2.5 billion to be used for flood mitigation.

That’s a total new investment into infrastructure in this state — infrastructure we all know is in dire need of repair — of about $6 billion.

First, the infrastructure bill is entirely separate from the enormous Reconciliation Bill, about which McKinley and most West Virginians have major concerns (that’s the one that includes massive, irresponsible spending on “social infrastructure”); and second, President Donald Trump proposed an even bigger infrastructure bill, which was shot down by Democrats.

“(Friday night), instead of playing politics, I put America and West Virginia first,” said McKinley.

There is funding in the bill for airports, including Wheeling, Parkersburg, Clarksburg and Morgantown; cleanup of abandoned mines and orphaned oil and gas wells, and — significantly — investment in large-scale carbon capture utilization and storage projects. That is a victory for Mountain State jobs.

“The bipartisan plan that passed the House will help transform West Virginia, resulting in better roads, reliable internet across our state, and needed upgrades to water systems that were built a century ago,” McKinley said. “We’ve all heard stories of children in West Virginia sitting in parking lots to do their schoolwork because their homes are not connected to reliable broadband internet. (Friday), I voted for those kids, and to give the next generation of West Virginians hope for a brighter future.”

Such large sums of taxpayer money are being thrown around in Washington, D.C., these days that it is hard to keep track.

It is easier to just be frustrated about all of it.

But McKinley is right. This one — again, smaller than the one Trump proposed — is necessary and will do a lot of good. Kudos to McKinley and others who put politics on the back burner and got the job done.

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