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Herrera Beutler relieved at passage of infrastructure bill

By , Columbian staff writer

A spokesperson for Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, said the congresswoman was “relieved” to see that the version of the $1 trillion infrastructure bill passed by the Senate on Tuesday “sticks to traditional infrastructure” like roads and broadband.

Other House members — including the Progressive Caucus and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — have said they won’t pass the Senate’s version of the bill until the chamber passes a more comprehensive $3.5 trillion social policy bill in the coming months, encompassing items like expanded child and elder care.

Asked if Herrera Beutler would vote in favor of the package currently on its way to the House, spokesman Craig Wheeler said she’d need to analyze the details of the proposal.

“Jaime is deeply concerned about the increasing pace of inflation and its effect on our jobs and economy,” Wheeler wrote in an email. “Economists believe a bill that focuses on traditional infrastructure like roads and bridges is much less dangerous to inflation than a bill full of social spending.”

Columbian staff writer

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