Senate approves new highway between Texas and Georgia
Interstate 14 would be widened to pass through central Texas and cover much of the eastern Sun Belt before terminating in Georgia, according to a Senate-approved plan and pending law enforcement action. Bedroom.
“This is a bipartisan amendment that will connect important military bases but also provide economic growth and jobs from the Permian Basin to the Atlantic,” Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, told the Star-Telegram. He and Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Georgia, sponsored the proposal.
The Senate accepted the Cruz-Warnock Amendment on a voice vote. It must now be approved by the House, which is not expected to return for votes until September 20.
I-14 is a 25 mile stretch of freeway that runs from Belton to Fort Hood. Cruz and Warnock’s amendment would extend I-14 to begin in Odessa and pass through central Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama before terminating in Augusta, Georgia.
The Senate has been considering changes to its $1 trillion infrastructure bill all week. Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, joined Senator Alex Padilla, a Democrat from California, on an amendment that would allow states and local governments to use 30% of their unspent COVID-19 relief funds to infrastructure.
The 30% cap on unspent COVID-19 funds came after negotiations with the White House, Cornyn told reporters. Several Senate Democrats have expressed support for Cornyn and Padilla’s amendment and it is expected to pass overwhelmingly, Cornyn said.
Currently, state and local governments must use COVID-19 relief funds for the intended purpose of managing the pandemic and stabilizing local governments and economies.
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