Whitmer says she's spoken with Biden about infrastructure following flooding

Whitmer says she's spoken with Biden about infrastructure following flooding
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Michigan Gov. Gretchen WhitmerGretchen WhitmerGovernors brace for 2022 after year in pandemic spotlight Protesters crash former Detroit police chief's gubernatorial announcement event Former Detroit police chief launching gubernatorial campaign vs. Whitmer next week MORE (D) said Saturday that she has spoken with President BidenJoe BidenHouse Democrat threatens to vote against party's spending bill if HBCUs don't get more federal aid Overnight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Haitians stuck in Texas extend Biden's immigration woes MORE about infrastructure in the state following major flooding in the area at the end of June. 

Biden was in Michigan on Saturday, heading to Traverse City with the governor as a part of the White House’s “America’s Back Together” tour, which celebrates the progress the U.S. has made against the coronavirus pandemic. 

Vice President Harris traveled to Las Vegas the same day as a part of the tour.


“I'm the ‘fix the damn roads’ governor, so I talk infrastructure with everybody, including the president,” Whitmer told pool reporters.

"We haven't had a conversation about specific projects, but certainly with the incredible flooding that we suffered a week and a half ago, infrastructure is on everyone's mind. It's always on mine, but it's on everyone's mind," she continued.

Whitmer declared a state of emergency in Wayne County on June 26 after heavy rainfall resulted in power outages and flooded roads and homes. Photos showed vehicles that had been abandoned.

Whitmer said Michigan saw "underinvested infrastructure collide with climate change" and that freeways were under water.

Biden's visit to Michigan comes more than a week after he and a bipartisan group of senators announced that they had reached a slimmed-down deal on infrastructure. The plan would allocate $1.2 trillion of spending over eight years and includes $579 billion in new spending.

The plan allocates $312 billion for transportation programs, including roads, bridges, airports and electric vehicle infrastructure. The remaining $266 billion would go to water infrastructure, broadband, environmental remediation, power infrastructure and other areas.