Infrastructure bill will make positive impact in RGV

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In this Aug. 3, 2021, photo, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, of New York, and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, left rear, smile when they both arrived at the same time to speak to reporters about progress on infrastructure bill, at the Capitol in Washington. Senators are convening for a rare weekend session on the bipartisan infrastructure bill as they edge toward a vote. Saturday's action in the Senate could wrap up swiftly with passage of the $1 trillion package or drag out for days by opponents trying to slow President Joe Biden’s big priority. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Lawmakers have reached a bipartisan agreement on President Biden’s trillion-dollar infrastructure bill after weeks of negotiations.

Now, the Rio Grande Valley is expected to benefit from the new infrastructure plan if it’s passed.

“It’s difficult for us to continue to grow and diversify our economy when we have [a] limited area to develop in,” President of the Starr County Industrial Foundation Rosa Benavidez said.

Benavidez works to add jobs and economic growth to Starr County, a population shy of 65,000. 

But with just one highway in the Valley, her community members are limited.

“We need to connect FM 755, our north-south corridors into our international ports,” Benavidez said. “And have a direct connection to those ports of entry.”

Last week, U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, announced $3.75 billion to upgrade ports of entry, included in the Infrastructure and Jobs Act.

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