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Congressman Himes: Pandemic Presents Opportunity To Pass Infrastructure Package

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Ryan Caron King
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WNPR

U.S. Representative Jim Himes of Connecticut said local governments in Fairfield County need long-term investments to fix its outdated transportation infrastructure.

Himes told AAA Northeast during a panel discussion that funding is also needed now to address transit problems for frontline workers that were only exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Let's do a small package all about COVID, it's really about addressing true emergencies, and then let's do a second package which is about longer-term economic relief, smart things that we'd like to do and hopefully, we can get something like that done,” Himes said.

Himes said that one of the regrets he’s had in the last four years has been the lack of pushing for a major infrastructure plan in Congress during President Trump’s term in office.

He said he urges Congress to create another stimulus plan to address transportation problems created during the pandemic.