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Congressional Candidate Jerry Dickinson condemns State Rep. Summer Lee’s comments suggesting she would not have voted for the Biden Infrastructure Package; demands clarification

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Jerry Dickinson, a constitutional law professor and candidate for Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, today called on Summer Lee to clarify her comments on a recent Instagram Live (25:11) by the Pittsburgh City Paper where she refused to commit to supporting President Biden’s Infrastructure Package.

When asked whether or not she would have voted for the bipartisan infrastructure bill in light of the Fern Hollow Bridge collapse, Rep. Summer Lee said, “I can’t give you a definitive answer on how I would have voted.”

In a statement, Jerry Dickinson responded:

“I’m greatly disappointed by Representative Lee’s failure to say definitively whether or not she would have voted for the bipartisan infrastructure bill. Our community deserves decisive leadership, especially in the aftermath of this devastating bridge collapse that was caused, directly, by a lack of investment in infrastructure. 

“There are 175 bridges in our region rated ‘poor quality’ in Allegheny County alone—11 of them are in Rep. Lee’s house district. Her failure in addressing where she stands on this, and the inability to commit to increasing infrastructure funding, is unacceptable and frankly disqualifying. 

“Democrats in our region want a representative in Congress who will help push forward President Biden’s agenda, not defy it. The funding our community will receive from this infrastructure package will be critical to preventing a similar tragedy from occurring.”

On January 28th, the Fern Hollow Bridge that connects Squirrel Hill and Regent Square collapsed, injuring 10 people and sending 3 to the hospital. The bridge was rated in “poor condition” by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. 

Jerry Dickinson is a constitutional law professor at the University of Pittsburgh, and a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district. On November 6th, Dickinson released a statement applauding the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill in the House. 

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