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Indiana Democrats Touring State To Promote Biden Jobs Plan

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Justin Hicks / IPB News
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Democrats in Indiana have hit the road to rally support for President Joe Biden’s more than $2.2 trillion American Jobs Plan. The politicians say they’d like – but don't need – bipartisan support in Congress where it’s expected to get a vote soon.

The tour officially kicked off last week in South Bend. It was held at a local union hall – a fitting venue since Democrats say Biden’s plan will create good-paying union jobs.

The theory is that those jobs would emerge from major investments in infrastructure projects like laying cable for high-speed internet, fixing bridges, and replacing lead water pipes.

READ MORE: Indiana Democrats Tour State Touting Biden's COVID-19 Relief Package

Former U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) spoke at the event. He said things like better roads, bridges and airports are desperately needed in Indiana, and the chance to improve them should entice both parties.

“Potholes are not Democratic potholes or Republican potholes,” he said. “We can fix our roads. We can rebuild our country.”

After a compromise with Republicans was struck in Washington, Donnelly said he expects Congress to make progress on the jobs plan this week.

Contact reporter Justin at jhicks@wvpe.org or follow him on Twitter at @Hicks_JustinM.

Justin Hicks has joined the reporting team for Indiana Public Broadcasting News (IPB News) through funding made available by (IPBS) Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations. Justin will be based out of WVPE in his new role as a Workforce Development Reporter for IPB News. Justin comes to Indiana by way of New York. He has a Master's Degree from the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University. He previously earned a Bachelor of Music Degree from Appalachian State University where he played trumpet. He first learned about Elkhart, Indiana, because of the stamp on his brass instrument indicating where it was produced.