Sinema Promises Water Protection And Wildfire Prevention Within $1T Infrastructure Bill

By Vaughan Jones
Published: Sunday, August 8, 2021 - 10:19pm
Updated: Monday, August 9, 2021 - 9:34am

The U.S. Senate is drawing closer to voting on a $1 trillion infrastructure bill brokered in part by Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema.

Sen. Sinema released a video discussing what the package would mean for Arizonans, including how the bill would help Arizona through its long drought.

“... [E]nsuring that western states get their fair share of western water protection and infrastructure. This is a big deal for us in Arizona, we’ve been living through decades of historic drought,” said Sinema.

Sinema says the bill will also bring improvements to Arizona’s roads and bridges, airports, broadband internet and wildfire suppression.

“Things like wildfire suppression and prevention, making sure we have a lot of water storage for our state’s future, those are things that maybe people wouldn’t think about being in an infrastructure package,” said Sinema.

A final vote on the bill stalled Sunday following a procedural maneuver from Republican Sen. Bill Hagerty of Tennessee, a one-time Trump administration official. The bill remains likely to pass this week despite Hagerty’s protest.

Associated Press contributed to this report.