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25 June, 2023

Yellowstone train crash: Reminder to invest in infrastructure.

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Yellowstone train crash: Reminder to invest in infrastructure.

Bridge collapses. Train crash spills chemicals into river.

"Thirty Republican senators voted against the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill turning their backs on billions that their states stand to gain from the package." - Newsweek

Where is the Yellowstone train crash? What areas and families may be impacted? What is the danger to the environment? Where are other bridges around the country who need upgrades? Who are the politicians who refuse to invest in public infrastructure that would help all Americans but ready to give tax cuts to their wealthy donors? Start with this StoryMap.

Yellowstone train crash: Reminder to invest in infrastructure.

Hazardous materials into rushing water below

Freight train carrying hot asphalt, molten sulfur plunges into Yellowstone River as bridge fails. A bridge that crosses the Yellowstone River in Montana collapsed early Saturday, plunging portions of a freight train carrying hazardous materials into the rushing water below. The area is in a sparsely populated section of the Yellowstone River Valley, surrounded by ranch and farmland. The river there flows away from Yellowstone National Park, which is about 110 miles southwest. - ABC7

"In Yellowstone County, which has about 167,000 residents, officials said they planned to shut down water intake for the time it could take for any material to pass by Billings. Similar measures were put in place at water treatment plants in Stillwater County, where about 9,000 people live. Officials advised residents “to be aware of the situation and prepared to act should anything change.” - NYT

Republicans Voted Against Infrastructure Bill

Thirty Republican senators voted against the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill - turning their backs on billions that their states stand to gain from the package. The 30 Republicans who voted against the infrastructure plan represent 21 states that stand to get billions of relief money from the package. Several cited a report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office that estimated the infrastructure bill could add $256 billion to the federal deficit.

Montana: U.S. Senator Steve Daines voted against the infrastructure package, while Senator John Tester, a Democrat, voted in favor. Montana would get more than $3 billion under the infrastructure package's funding formula for roads and bridges. Additionally, $164 million would go to public transportation offerings. The state has 377 bridges in need of repair and 12 percent of its roadways are in poor condition.

Yellowstone

Yellowstone is an American neo-Western drama television series created by Taylor Sheridan and John Linson that premiered on June 20, 2018, on Paramount Network. The series stars Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, and Gil Birmingham. The series follows the conflicts along the shared borders of the Yellowstone Ranch, a large cattle ranch, the Broken Rock Indian reservation, Yellowstone National Park and land developers. Title image only shown for illustrative purposes.

TakeAway: Vote for Democrats to invest in public infrastructure and protect the environment.

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DemLabs

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Resources:
Montana primed for infrastructure infusion - Montana Free Press 
Freight train carrying hot asphalt, molten sulfur plunges into Yellowstone River - ABC Eyewitness News 
Montana Derailment Sends at Least 7 Freight Cars Into the Yellowstone River - NY Times 
Montana primed for infrastructure infusion - Montana Free Press 
Biden's $2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan - NPR 
How Every House Member Voted on the Infrastructure Bill -  NY Times 
30 Republicans Voted Against Infrastructure Bill -  Newsweek 

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