WASHINGTON D.C. – Indiana Sen. Todd Young was one of 17 Republicans to vote in support of opening up debate on a huge infrastructure bill.
By a vote of 67-32, senators on Wednesday, July 28, chose to advance the massive bipartisan bill to open debate on what is believed to be the largest transportation bill in U.S. history.
While Wednesday’s vote doesn’t mean those voting yes will ultimately support its final passage, it’s an indication they are open to the idea
Young issued the following statement:
“As the crossroads of America, Indiana understands the need for federal investment in our crumbling infrastructure, especially with nearly 5,500 miles of Hoosier highways in poor condition. That’s why I voted today to formally begin debate on a bipartisan infrastructure bill. We’ve made a lot of progress so far on a historic investment in our nation’s core infrastructure that will be fully paid for without raising taxes.”
Indiana’s other Senator, Mike Braun, voted no, saying Congress can’t continue the trend of “insane deficit spending.”
“With growing inflation and many families struggling to financially recover from the events of the last year, it is not wise to throw fuel on the fire that is the raging inflation crisis and labor shortage we are seeing across America,” Braun said in a statement.
Other high-profile Republicans who voted yes were Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Mitt Romney of Utah, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Susan Collins of Maine.
President Joe Biden called the agreement the “most significant long-term investment in our infrastructure and competitiveness in nearly a century.”