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Video: Kaine Applauds Virginia Wins in Infrastructure Bill, Urges Congress to Lift Up Americans Further With Build Back Better Bill

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Budget Committee and the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, spoke on the Senate floor to highlight how Virginia will benefit from the recently signed bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. During his speech, Kaine also pushed for passage of the Build Back Better bill, legislation that will lower costs for families, help Virginians prepare for the jobs that will be created by the infrastructure bill, and lift up American families for generations.

During the speech, Kaine shared that the infrastructure bill will provide Virginia with $100 million for affordable broadband, $7.6 billion for roads and bridges, and $2.7 billion for transit. He said, “It will employ hundreds of thousands of people and raise the platform for economic success for decades.”

In pushing for passage of the Build Back Better bill, he said, “This bill to me is fundamentally about preparing America's workers for tomorrow and making sure that our workforce has the training, and the child care, and the housing, and the health care to outcompete any country in the world. If we want to make good on the promise of the infrastructure bill, who's going to build it?”

Kaine continued, “I just want this body to be a generator of uplift… I think passing Build Back Better is a step that will be really important in making that happen.”

Kaine has been a longtime champion of education and workforce training programs to help Virginia workers prepare for the jobs of the future. Following his efforts, the Build Back Better bill includes major investments based on Kaine’s bipartisan bills to support training for infrastructure-related jobsaddress teacher shortages, and boost student success and career readiness at community colleges to address workforce shortages that are hurting our communities and economy.