Press Release

AFT President Randi Weingarten Welcomes Senate Approval of Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

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Oriana Korin

WASHINGTON—AFT President Randi Weingarten issued the following statement:

“Today’s bipartisan agreement makes the largest long-term investment in our infrastructure and competitiveness in nearly a century. It moves our country forward and lays the groundwork for our communities to recover, renew and build back better—by creating good jobs, enhancing our competitiveness and making our economy more sustainable, resilient and just. 

“While we often think of infrastructure as roads, transit and bridges, this deal covers much more, offering the potential to transform the American economy to one that offers well-paying union jobs so working people can provide for their families; makes progress on the climate crisis by promoting clean energy transmission and electrifying thousands of school and transit buses; and modernizes our country’s transit, bridge and pipe systems so every American gets to work, and many more can access clean drinking water.

“President Biden has worked with both parties to deliver a plan that positions working people and businesses to compete and win in the 21st century. This deal will change American lives for the better.”

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.