While creating millions of new jobs, the transformative package provides more than half a trillion dollars in new federal funding for roads, bridges, highways, waterways, public transportation, broadband, clean water, clean energy, and rail
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) voted today to send a historic $1.2 trillion infrastructure package to President Joe Biden’s desk. This transformative legislation delivers critical federal investments in Washington’s roads, bridges, highways, waterways, culverts, public transportation systems, clean energy infrastructure, and broadband while also creating millions of good paying, union jobs. As it delivers the largest federal investment in public transit in American history, it also makes the largest dedicated bridge investment since the creation of the interstate highway.
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act provides $110 billion in new funding for roads, bridges, and major projects including $40 billion of new funding for repairing and replacing bridges. It also provides nearly $90 billion in funding for public transportation over the next five years, $7.5 billion for electric vehicle chargers, and over $50 billion for making communities more resilient to the impacts of climate change. Additionally, the legislation includes a $17 billion investment in port infrastructure and carbon emission reduction initiatives such as port electrification.
“This popular legislation delivers on our promise to provide a historic, deeply necessary, and long overdue investment in our state’s roads, bridges, waterways, and public transit systems that will directly impact our communities while taking a first step to address the climate crisis and creating millions of good paying, union jobs,” said Congresswoman Jayapal. “By investing more than half a trillion dollars in improving our infrastructure, making America’s largest ever investment in public transit, and providing the largest bridge funding since the mid-1900s, we will finally be able to send our communities, cities, and state the resources necessary to not only build back better but greener. There is still more work to be done to invest in families, and I will continue fighting for them while ensuring that this new infrastructure funding reaches projects throughout Washington.”
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act now heads to President Biden’s desk to be signed into law. It includes the following:
- Historic Investments in Roads and Highways: $110 billion in new funds for repairing and building roads, bridges, and major projects while also reauthorizing the surface transportation program for the next five year and investing nearly $5 billion for Washington’s highways.
- The Single Largest Dedicated Bridge Investment Since the Construction of the Interstate Highway System: $40 billion of new funding for bridge repair, replacement, and rehabilitation, including around $600 million for replacing and repairing Washington’s bridges.
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