Rep Omar votes against Infrastructure Bill that brings $100 million to broadband in MN

Minneapolis Star Tribune reports

Democratic U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar voted against a roughly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill Friday, after tensions among Democrats continued around the party’s efforts on a separate $1.85 trillion spending plan.

Omar explains…

“From the beginning, I have been clear that I would not be able to support the infrastructure bill without a vote on the Build Back Better Act,” Omar, the whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said in a statement that referred to the $1.85 trillion spending plan.

“Passing the infrastructure bill without passing the Build Back Better Act first risks leaving behind child care, paid leave, health care, climate action, housing, education, and a road map to citizenship.”

Broadband was part of the bill…

At least $100 million was expected for broadband in the state, with the White House estimating that Minnesota would see $680 million during a five-year span to improve water infrastructure along with around $297 million focused on airports, according to the Biden administration.

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Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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