Iowa Business Council calls for House approval after Senate passes infrastructure plan
The Iowa Business Council praised today’s passage of a $1.2 trillion infrastructure deal, saying it “represents an extraordinary investment in future growth and opportunity for Iowa and the country.” The Senate voted 69-30 to approve the bill, which contains funding for roads and bridges, broadband and strengthening the country’s response to climate change. It now awaits a vote in the House, where its future is more uncertain. Following today’s vote, Business Council Executive Director Joe Murphy released a statement supporting the Senate action and encouraging approval of the bill in the House. “We applaud the Senate’s bipartisan action on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act,” Murphy said. “Investments destined for roads, bridges, airports, broadband internet, and other assets will go a long way towards modernizing our infrastructure capabilities and our economy. We now turn our attention to the House of Representatives and urge them to pass the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act as quickly as possible.” The Business Council is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization whose members are the chief decision-makers of the state’s largest companies. Although a key part of President Joe Biden’s agenda, the plan approved today is far less than the $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan proposed by his administration. In his statement, Murphy praised the bipartisan support the bill received in the Senate. “By acting on this legislation, Congress has shown that it can work in a bipartisan, effective manner,” he said.