Speeches and Statements

Rep. Murphy Floor Speech on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

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Washington, September 29, 2021 | comments

Madam Speaker,

I rise in strong support of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. 

The Senate passed the bill with all 50 Democrats and 19 Republicans voting yes.  Now it’s time for the House to follow suit.  Then we can send the bill to President Biden, who played a critical role in crafting this legislation.   

In Congress, we’ve been talking about investing in America’s infrastructure for decades, to the point that it has become a punch line.  Now we’re finally on the cusp of taking action to match the rhetoric.

Passage of this bill will prove the two parties can still work together in partisan times.  It will show the American people their elected leaders can govern in a competent and constructive way, despite their differences.   

The bill will provide my home state of Florida with better roads and bridges, improved rail and bus options, modernized air and sea ports, and high-speed broadband and clean drinking water.  It will improve quality of life and create good-paying jobs, helping to diversify our economy and sustain our growing population.

The bill will also make historic investments to combat climate change, an existential threat to our planet, our country and the Florida way of life.

I urge my Republican colleagues to abandon their cynical quest for political advantage—and to vote for this good bill.

I ask my Democratic colleagues to discard their ill-fated effort to gain leverage over members of their own party—and to vote for this good bill.

I yield back. 

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