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Congress is finalizing the significant infrastructure and recovery package, with trillions of dollars at stake. Here in West Virginia, our future is at stake.

Where I live, in Clay County, we have internet, but it’s inconsistent. Without internet access, my neighbors and I have to use hotspots on our phones to help our children with their schoolwork. This investment would mean more jobs we desperately need and help provide quality high-speed internet to all, especially in rural areas, where we need it most.

We also need to invest in our roads, which have slips from the floods of 2016. There’s no grocery store in our county, and the route we use most often to get to the Walmart in Summersville hasn’t been fully repaved in two decades.

These are the everyday issues we deal with and why West Virginians have been coming together and hosting weekly actions to push Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., to support President Joe Biden’s plan to invest in a “Bridge to West Virginia’s Future.”

It’s time we prioritize West Virginia jobs and demand that our government deliver for workers and families in the state, rather than out-of-state billionaires.

David Blankenship

Clay County

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