Stabenow breaks down infrastructure dollars


Stabenow breaks down infrastructure dollars

The Chair of the Senate Ag Committee and her staff are outlining how infrastructure funding approved by Congress will be utilized.

Debbie Stabenow of Michigan says nearly $480 million to modernize the Soo Locks in the Great Lakes will hopefully prevent an unforeseen closure across the region.

“There’s one lock that allows freighters to come in from the St. Lawrence Seaway, bringing in raw materials or finished products, grain—it affects agriculture, manufacturing,” she explains.

Stabenow says funds will also be used to install permanent barriers in Lake Michigan to stop the movement of Asian Carp.

The bill makes the largest investment ever in broadband.  Staffer Mikayla Bodey says rural communities have been allocated $2 billion through the USDA’s Reconnect Program.

“Which is nearly a $1.3 billion increase over what was provided in the previous fiscal year,” she says.

Staff also highlighted infrastructure dollars for rural communities, transportation projects, and water improvements.  Applications for some of the funds are open now and will continue to open throughout the year.