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From Dan Conti, Kentucky Public Radio

Kentucky’s senior U.S. Senator says he believes Republicans and Democrats in Congress can come together on a plan to improve the nation’s infrastructure.

Republican Mitch McConnell says the general idea has bipartisan support.

“Everybody knows we have a crumbling infrastructure. Infrastructure spending is popular on both sides. The question is how much are we going to spend and we’ll continue to talk about that,” McConnell said this week at a Washington press conference.

McConnell expects President Obama to present a plan for infrastructure repairs soon and for Republicans to do likewise.

An amendment sponsored by McConnell’s Kentucky colleague, Rand Paul, to use highway beautification funds
for bridge and other repairs was defeated this week on the Senate floor.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation."