- July 15, 2021
- Posted by: Stratford Team
- Category: Business
Sen. Rob Portman, R-Cincinnati, is working the national media in support of the proposed infrastructure deal that he helped broker.
In this New York Times Q&A, Portman, who is leading negotiations for his party on the bipartisan infrastructure plan, says Republicans have nothing to lose and much to gain in cutting a deal with President Joe Biden. The task at hand is tough, and it’s still not clear if enough Republicans will join all 50 Democrats for the measure to have the 60 votes necessary to advance in the Senate.
There’s clear demand for a deal, Portman says.
“People want to see our infrastructure be improved,” he tells the Times. “They’re tired of waiting in traffic during their rush hour commute. They’re tired of the bridges, like some in Ohio, that are well beyond their usefulness and causing a lot of inefficiency in the economy, because of the bottlenecks that they represent. People are tired of worrying about lead pipes. So there’s a strong…