Even though Georgia Republican U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker opposes the bipartisan infrastructure law, new comments from Walker reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution appear to give his seal of approval to the work that U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock has done to deliver results and wins for Georgia under that law and in the past year.
At an event last weekend, Walker, who has stumbled over policy questions in the past, “was asked how he would help secure rural infrastructure investments.”
In response, Walker said Georgians need “one person that can look for all those grants, look for all those things coming down, that represent those rural areas now they could become like the big areas as well.”
Ideally, Walker would have done this before running for Senate. But there’s still time for him to familiarize himself with some of the wins that Sen. Warnock has secured for communities across Georgia over the past year:
- For example, as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Warnock secured $8 billion for the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant program, which helps rebuild America’s infrastructure and create jobs by investing in projects of regional and national economic significance.
- And in Hall County, specifically, where Walker delivered those remarks, the Georgia Ports Authority won a $47 million grant from INFRA to build the Northeast Georgia Inland Port, under the Infrastructure For Rebuilding America program, which was bolstered by the Warnock-backed law.
- Beyond that, Warnock also recently secured a $13 million federal investment to strengthen rural Georgia. The funding will go to 29 rural community infrastructure priorities.
Despite those obvious wins for communities across Georgia that will create thousands of good-paying jobs, Walker has opposed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law since the start of his campaign — even though it is set to send more than $11 billion to the Peach State, with at least:
- $100 million to help provide high-speed internet access in rural counties;
- $913 million over five years to improve water infrastructure and ensure every Georgian has clean drinking water; and
- $22 million to help rural Georgia prepare for the impacts of climate change and extreme weather events.