Arizona lawmakers passed a bill Thursday evening that would allocate $4 billion to build roads, bridges, water systems, water treatment plants, sewage treatment plants and public works projects in the state.
The bill passed with a vote of 27-12.
The funds would be used for projects that are “necessary, desirable and appropriate” and that will provide “benefits to the State of Arizona, the State’s economy, the public health and safety, the environment, and the State budget,” according to the Arizona Secretary of State.
The legislation also allocates $300 million for the construction of roads and other transportation projects across the state, according to Breitbart News.
The Senate approved the bill with a voice vote on Thursday afternoon, with Senator John Kavanagh (D-Phoenix) voting “no.”
The bill was passed by the House of Representatives earlier this month and the Senate passed it with a similar voice vote last week.
The measure would allocate a total of $4,971,931 for roads, bridge and water system projects in Arizona.
A separate Senate bill approved in the House would allocate an additional $2.2 billion in the same timeframe.
A total of 2.3 billion dollars is earmarked for infrastructure in the US to build the Keystone XL pipeline.
The project has faced multiple delays and protests, with the White House calling the pipeline a “historic mistake” that will harm the US economy.
In an effort to appease protesters, President Donald Trump has delayed the pipeline’s completion for six months.
The Keystone XL Pipeline, which will carry oil from Canada’s tar sands to refineries in Texas, has faced opposition from many environmental groups and Indigenous nations, as well as from environmentalists who fear it will exacerbate climate change.
The pipeline has been blocked by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which has ordered the agency to reevaluate the project’s environmental impact.
The $8 billion pipeline would carry up to 570,000 barrels of oil per day from the oil sands of Alberta, Canada to the Gulf Coast of Texas.
The company currently plans to start construction on the Keystone in 2017.