Letter from my Republican Senator who voted for the Infrastructure Bill

The following response from Senator Richard Burr was after I thanked him for his vote and encouraged him to see this thing over the finish line with his advocacy.

Thank you for contacting me regarding the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684). I appreciate hearing from you. 

Please know that I understand your thoughts on the historic infrastructure package that recently passed in the Senate. As one of the 22 Senators who helped negotiate the framework of the bipartisan bill, I believe it is a major investment in America’s economic future. It provides the largest core infrastructure investment in our nation’s history and it does so responsibly – without raising taxes. While no compromise bill is ever perfect, I’m proud to have worked with my Senate colleagues to find common ground on an issue that affects all Americans. 

This bill is particularly important for growing states like North Carolina. As more families and businesses call North Carolina home, we have to have the right infrastructure in place to meet the needs of a growing population. Poor roads and high traffic areas cost commuters and businesses a not insignificant amount of money each year. This legislation will provide $9 billion to update, expand, and repair North Carolina’s roads and highways. It also invests heavily in airports, bridges, rural broadband access, and our clean water supply. 

America’s aging infrastructure poses a risk to our economic growth and our ability to compete globally in the 21st century. Modernizing our roads, bridges, railways, ports, waterways, broadband capabilities, cybersecurity, and more will help lower the costs of doing business, create more jobs, and spur innovation. 

For these reasons, I voted for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act on August 10, 2021. It is my hope that the House of Representatives will quickly pass this historic investment in our nation and that President Biden will stick to his commitment to sign H.R. 3684 into law. 

Again, thank you for contacting me. Should you have additional questions or comments, please do not hesitate to let me know or visit my website at http://burr.senate.gov. 

Sincerely, 

Richard Burr

United States Senator

12 thoughts on “Letter from my Republican Senator who voted for the Infrastructure Bill

  1. Good Heavens, an actual responsible politician who can see further than the end of their nose, Congratulations Keith you found one of an endangered species. Now, if only there were enough to sign on for the ‘For The People Bill’, the filibuster would be confounded and I would believe in the Bipartisan Fairy again.
    Hugs

    • Thanks David. Both North Carolina Republican senators voted for this bill. Burr is much more bipartisan than the other one. He voted to convict the former president, but he was not running again, so he had an easier time voting his conscience. Keith

      • VJ, we can only try. You cannot send emails to the Congressional reps, but you can call them. You can send emails to any Senator and call them as well. My thinking is a positive message on a good act will get heard. Keith

  2. Note to Readers: I have had the opportunity to meet with Senator Burr on two separate occasions. The second time was at a planning event on helping homeless people in NC. The first time was at my boss’ urging before he ever ran for Congress. He wanted to know more about corporate provided health care insurance and my boss asked me to meet with him in my role as a Benefits Manager. While I disagree with him on some policy stances, I have always found him to be a reasonable politician. We need more of those, not fewer, especially in the current vintage of the Republican Party.

  3. I’m frankly impressed! I had to check the calendar to make sure this wasn’t an April Fool’s Day joke! A Republican with a conscience, one who remembers what his job really is. Thank both you and Senator Burr … small steps, or as my former boss used to say, ‘Peanuts make elephants’.

    • Jill, he is unfortunately in a minority in his party and, like two others, Senators Portman and Toomey, are retiring. I disagree with all three on certain policy issues, but do find their voices more reasonable than the average Republican Senator and far more than the likes of the more extreme ones in the Senate and Congress. Keith

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