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Story by Wright Gazaway, KATU Staff - Story Source
Published on Thursday January 21, 2021 - 1:43 AM
 
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PORTLAND, Ore. — Members of Oregon's congressional delegation said Wednesday President Joe Biden will deliver on the important issues facing Oregonians when it comes to climate change, COVID-19 and the country's infrastructure.

"We have inaugurated a man of integrity, a man of compassion, a man with experience into the presidency of the United States. I feel a tremendous amount of relief," said U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-District 4, who skipped the Inauguration due to the crowd and weather.

.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-District 1, said she hopes to work with the Biden administration to beat COVID, address climate, and improve our country's roads and bridges.

"These are big challenges ahead, but I'm confident that with a new and willing administration and many colleagues who are committed to meeting those challenges, we will do that," said Bonamici. "President Biden was realistic and truthful about the challenges ahead, but also very hopeful about the ability when we set aside our differences to get things done for this great country."

DeFazio shared Bonamici's desire to address the country's roads with a major infrastructure bill; he said it has the ability to do more than just fix roads, bridges and highways, and he outlined conversations he's already had with Biden's chief of staff and nominee for transportation secretary.

"[An infrastructure bill is] recovery. We're creating jobs. We're rebuilding our infrastructure. We're dealing with climate change. It's kind of a three-for," said DeFazio.