LIVE STREAM: Michigan Gov. Whitmer testifies in Senate hearing on infrastructure
Potholes on Beech Daly Road just north of Warren Avenue in Dearborn Heights. (WDIV)WASHINGTON – Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will testify before a U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday about the need for investment in infrastructure. The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works will hold a hearing entitled, “Building Back Better: Investing in Transportation while Addressing Climate Change, Improving Equity, and Fostering Economic Growth and Innovation.”Whitmer will be joined by Maryland Gov. The hearing begins at 10:15 a.m. -- watch in the video player below:
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