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Infrastructure bill hints at how Congress used to work

River to River airs weekdays at 12 p.m. on IPR News and News/Studio One and 10 p.m. on IPR News, and is available as a podcast most days by 7 a.m.

President Joe Biden hit the road Tuesday to tout his infrastructure bill. He used a crumbling bridge in New Hampshire as a backdrop for talking about the millions that will be invested in the nation's roads, bridges, dams and other infrastructure.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley was the lone GOP vote from Iowa for the bill. He was joined by U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne, a Democrat.

In this River to River episode, host Ben Kieffer talks with Rachel Paine Caufield of Drake University and Megan Goldberg of Cornell College about why Iowa's congressional delegation voted as they did and why they are trying to tie the bill to a separate plan for spending on social programs and climate change.


  • Rachel Paine Caufield, professor of political science at Drake University
  • Megan Goldberg, assistant professor of American Politics at Cornell College
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Katherine Perkins is IPR's Program Director for News and Talk