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U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids on president's Kansas City visit, infrastructure and Bob Dole

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U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids (D-KS)represents the 3rd Congressional District in Kansas.

The new legislation will bring $3.8 billion to Kansas for infrastructure projects and create two million jobs per year for the next decade.

Representative Sharice Davids flew into Kansas City with President Joe Biden last week to tout the bipartisan bill he signed into law.

Davids was involved in crafting part of the infrastructure legislation. Some of the most important benefits of the bill for her are the expansion of U.S. Highway 69 in Johnson County, an increase in electric buses, waste water funding and wage requirements, a topic that was often mentioned during the president's visit.

"Every single piece of our lives from the beginning of our day until we lay down to go to bed is touched by infrastructure," Davids points out. "To me it's one of these things where, if we're really thinking hard about improving our infrastructure investments, then what we're really actually doing is creating a situation for future generations to thrive"

Rep. Davids remembered Sen. Bob Dole who died December 5. "He did so many things that were really to the benefit of people regardless of background, regardless of circumstance," Davids observed. "He was a true statesman."

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