Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are focused on infrastructure. On Tuesday, the Senate Appropriations Committee met to talk about the $2.3 trillion American Jobs Plan. Republicans said the plan is expensive, but Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy urged Senators to make the investment. “This can improve the quality of life in America.” In the House, the Agriculture Committee took a deeper look into rural broadband infrastructure needs. Committee Ranking Member G.T. Thompson said there’s a checkerboard of connectivity in rural America. “COVID-19 laid bare the urgency of rural broadband. The connectivity struggles in rural communities pre-date this pandemic and they will not ease as we return to normal. More of American life is being put online and more of it is being put out of reach if Americans don’t have high speed Internet.”
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