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Sen. Portman is Confident Infrastructure Bill Will Help Supply Chain

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman
Andy Chow
Statehouse New Bureau
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman calls the supply chain issue a "crisis" and says Congress needs to vote on the proposed infrastructure bill now.

Ohio’s Republican senator says passing the bipartisan infrastructure bill will help with the current supply chain issues.

Sen. Rob Portman says the bill invests billions of dollars in port modernization, freight rail, waterway transportation, highways and airports, which he says will alleviate the pressure on the supply chain.

Portman urges Congress to pass the infrastructure bill.
a photo of Rob Portman

“This legislation, the infrastructure bill, directly effects what’s going on with the supply chain. It’s a crisis, and it’s time for us to act,” Portman said.

The infrastructure bill also provides investments in drinking water, the Great Lakes and broadband expansion.

Portman says he’s disappointed that House Democrats are stopping the bill from passing in order to pass the budget reconciliation bill. He says he and other Republicans are unlikely to support that bill because it increases taxes.

Abigail Bottar covers Akron, Canton, Kent and the surrounding areas for Ideastream Public Media.