UPDATE 5:50 p.m.: U.S. Sen. Mark Warner visited Rocky Mount in Franklin County on Tuesday afternoon.
While there, he discussed several topics including the infrastructure bill, the rapid rises in cases of COVID-19, and the happenings in Afghanistan.
Warner says he’s confident that the United States will be able to evacuate all of its citizens and its allies who want to leave.
WFXR News asked Warner to share his opinion on President Joe Biden’s handling of Afghanistan.
“We’ve not had an American soldier killed in Afghanistan since April of 2020 and those who say ‘why don’t we just go back out into the country,’ we would start a shooting battle again with the Taliban,” said Warner. “We would win, but there would be casualties.”
(WFXR) — U.S. Sen. Mark Warner will be traveling around central and southwest Virginia on Tuesday to participate in a series of meetings and discussions highlighting how communities around Virginia stand to benefit from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which was passed by the Senate earlier this month.
On Tuesday, Aug. 24, Warner will begin his day in Lynchburg alongside Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine, Mayor MaryJane Dolan, and Executive Director of the Virginia Passenger Rail Authority DJ Stadtler for a conversation on the need to improve passenger rail service around the Commonwealth.
According to the senator’s office, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act allocates $66 billion to upgrade speed, accessibility, efficiency, and resilience in passenger and freight rail.
Later in the morning, Warner will visit the Sonny Merryman facility in Campbell County, which distributes electric buses to Virginia school systems and employs nearly 200 Virginians.
Before participating in an electric bus demonstration, Warner will highlight the Senate-passed infrastructure bill, which would provide Virginia with at least $106 million over five years to support the expansion of an electric vehicle charging network. The bill also includes $5 billion for electric and clean school buses.
Warner will then head to Franklin County Tuesday afternoon to participate in a conversation with government and community leaders from Franklin County, Rocky Mount, and Boones Mill.
During this meeting, he will hear about the area’s most pressing infrastructure needs, as well as discuss how the infrastructure legislation passed by the Senate will support critical infrastructure projects, such as necessary corridor improvements along Route 122 and Route 220.
Warner will wrap up his day by gathering with community members and elected officials from Martinsville and Henry County to hear about the remaining gaps in broadband infrastructure and current plans to expand coverage throughout the area.
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act would not only provide Virginia with at least $100 million to help expand broadband coverage across the Commonwealth, but it would also make 23 percent of people eligible for the Affordability Connectivity Benefit, thus helping low-income families afford internet access.
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