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Mayor Benjamin, Councilmember Kathy Maness attend Biden’s infrastructure bill signing

Published: Nov. 15, 2021 at 8:25 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 15, 2021 at 12:26 PM EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WIS) - Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin and Lexington Councilmember Kathy Maness attended the signing of President Biden’s $1 trillion infrastructure bill on Monday.

The bill was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on November 5 and cites money for transportation and broadband as well as other projects.

Below is Biden signing the bill into law:

Mayor Benjamin released a statement that in part said:

Attending the signing of our nation’s largest infrastructure bill since the 1950′s is fitting, as building and improving Columbia infrastructure framework has been a major focus of myself and our Columbia City Council during my twelve years as your Mayor. In that time, we have invested nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars in water, sewer & stormwater infrastructure improvements as well as launched new green infrastructure projects, including utilizing low-impact technologies. Also, we issued the nation’s first stand-alone stormwater green bonds to be certified by the Climate Bond Initiative, & opened the doors of the city’s first LEED Gold-certified building. Equally, as Executive Chairman of Municipal Bonds for America for most of the last decade, I have served as a key advocate for the primary infrastructure finance tool—protecting the tax-exemption on municipal bonds.

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