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A massive bipartisan infrastructure deal introduced by U.S. senators over the weekend will likely have an immediate impact in Minnesota according to Senator Amy Klobuchar.

Klobuchar, who joined Paul Douglas during the WCCO Radio Morning News on Monday, said that spending plan will invest in roads, bridges, ports, high-speed internet and other infrastructure.

"We're really excited that this is bipartisan and that it's a major, major infrastructure package that's going to help Minnesota because of the broadband issues," Klobuchar said. "We're one of the states where we've done good stuff, but we have vast areas of our state that have slow broadband."

The $1 trillion plan is 2,702 pages long and includes $550 billion over five years in new spending for roads, rail, electric vehicle charging stations and replacing lead water pipes.

"I think one of thing thing economists, both conservative and liberal have said, is that investing is a different thing. You're investing in the future of America and it signals different things to the market," added Klobuchar.

On top of touting the infrastructure bill, Klobuchar recently introduced legislation that aims to make social media companies like Facebook, Twitter, and others legally liable for misinformation on health issues like COVID-19 vaccines.

Under the Health Misinformation Act, a portion of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act that provides liability protection for tech companies would be taken out.

"What we've found that is literally 12 accounts are responsible for a good portion of misinformation," Klobuchar said. "Increasingly support for receiving the vaccine has become more bipartisan, but social media still lags behind. There are actually people out there that are trying to get people to not take the vaccine."