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Bentz says infrastructure bill he opposed is “drastically underfunded”

U.S. Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario. (The Enterprise/file)

GRANTS PASS – U.S. Rep. Cliff Bentz, making his first public appearance in Grants Pass since he was elected one year ago, said Wednesday that he had a few reasons for voting against President Joe Biden’s $1 trillion infrastructure bill that cleared Congress last week.

“We don’t need to be adding to the deficit,” Oregon’s lone congressional Republican said after a town hall meeting at the Basker Auditorium. “There are elements of the Green New Deal in the infrastructure bill, and I do not support them. It’s also drastically underfunded.”

The president intends to sign the legislation Monday.

Infrastructure funding can often be a nonpartisan exercise, but Biden’s bill passed mostly along party lines . . .