Michigan Gov. Gretchen 'Fix the Damn Roads' Whitmer to Testify to Congress on Infrastructure

February 22, 2021, 8:43 AM

Gretchen Whitmer (Photo: State of Michigan)

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, whose 2018 campaign mantra was "Fix the Damn Roads," will be one of two governors to testify Wednesday at a U.S. Senate committee hearing on infrastructure, Reuters news service reports.

Whitmer is scheduled to appear with Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan at a Senate Environment and Public Works hearing with a mouthful topic: “Building Back Better: Investing in Transportation while Addressing Climate Change, Improving Equity, and Fostering Economic Growth and Innovation.”

Reuters reports:

Hogan as chair of the National Governors Association launched a national initiative focused on fixing U.S. infrastructure and released a report noting “Americans have lost countless hours of their lives in soul-crushing traffic.”

President Joe Biden is expected to push Congress to invest heavily in infrastructure. 

Whitmer has had diffculty getting the Republican-controlled state legislature to address decaying roads. She bypasses lawmakers with a $3.5-billion road bonding program, the Detroit Free Press notes

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