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H.R. 3208: To amend title 1, United States Code, to define the term infrastructure, and for other purposes.

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As Mark Twain quipped, “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter — it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”


What does the word infrastructure mean, exactly? Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines it as “the system of public works of a country, state, or region.” Okay, but what does “public works” mean?

A debate that would usually occur between lexicologists has taken over Capitol Hill in recent months, as a potential once-in-a-generation infrastructure package is currently being negotiated in the nation’s capital.

Democrats propose including social policies such as universal pre-kindergarten, free community college, and strengthening unions in their so-called “infrastructure” package. Republicans, on the other hand, say the word infrastructure solely means material objects like roads and bridges.

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Gregory Murphy

Sponsor. Representative for North Carolina's 3rd congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: May 13, 2021
Length: 2 pages
May 13, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on May 13, 2021

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3 Cosponsors (3 Republicans)

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


May 13, 2021

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