Jayapal votes to make historic investments in Washington infrastructure
While creating millions of new jobs, the transformation agenda provides more than half a trillion dollars in new federal funding for roads, bridges, highways, waterways, public transportation, broadband, l drinking 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 office. This transformative legislation provides for critical federal investments in Washington’s roads, bridges, highways, waterways, culverts, public transportation systems, clean energy infrastructure and broadband, while creating millions of dollars. well-paid union jobs. As it makes the largest federal transit investment in U.S. 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 in new funding for bridge repair and replacement. It also provides nearly $ 90 billion in funding for public transportation over the next five years, $ 7.5 billion for electric vehicle chargers and more than $ 50 billion to make communities more resilient to the impacts of climate change. climate change. In addition, the legislation includes a $ 17 billion investment in port infrastructure and carbon reduction initiatives such as port electrification.
“This grassroots legislation delivers on our promise to provide a historic, deeply needed and long overdue investment in our state’s roads, bridges, waterways and transit systems that will have a direct impact on our communities while making a first step in tackling the climate crisis and creating millions of well-paid and unionized jobs ”, said MP Jayapal. “By investing more than half a trillion dollars in improving our infrastructure, making the largest investment the United States has ever made in transit, and providing the largest bridge funding since the mid-1990s. 1900s, we can finally send our communities, cities and states the resources to rebuild not only better, but more environmentally. There is still work to be done to invest in families, and I will continue to fight for them while ensuring that this new infrastructure funding reaches projects across Washington. “
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is now heading to President Biden’s office for enactment. It includes the following:
- Historic investments in roads and highways: $ 110 billion in new funds for the repair and construction of roads, bridges and major projects, while re-authorizing the surface transportation program for the next five years and investing nearly $ 5 billion for highways in Washington.
- The largest dedicated bridge investment since the construction of the interstate highway system: $ 40 billion in new funding for the repair, replacement and rehabilitation of bridges, including approximately $ 600 million for the replacement and repair of bridges in Washington.
- The largest federal investment ever in public transport: Nearly $ 90 billion in funding secured for public transportation over the next five years while modernizing transit, prioritizing clean energy, and of which about $ 380 million for Sound Transit with the possibility of applying for grants additional.
- Unprecedented investments in clean energy infrastructure and climate resilience: While making the largest investment in clean power transmission and electric vehicle infrastructure in history, there is also $ 5 billion for zero emission and clean buses, $ 2.5 billion for ferries, $ 7.5 billion for the nation’s first-ever network of electric vehicle chargers, of which approximately $ 71 million. to improve Washington’s electric vehicle charging network, and more than $ 50 billion to make communities more resilient to the impacts of climate change and cyber attacks.
- Investments required in waterways, airports and ports: $ 17 billion in port infrastructure and investments in electrification and carbon reduction technologies, and an additional $ 25 billion in airport investments, including approximately $ 228 million for Seattle-Tacoma International and about $ 16 million for Paine Field. This funding can be used for noise mitigation measures in neighboring communities. There is also a $ 1 billion fund to replace or remove culverts, $ 89 million in grants to the Environmental Protection Agency to help restore Puget Sound, and $ 400 million for community restoration programs that include the removal of fish passage barriers.
- The biggest investment ever made in drinking water and wastewater: $ 55 billion for drinking water, including dedicated funding to replace lead service lines and clean up the toxic legacy of chemicals that have contaminated drinking water.
- Investments to ensure that every American has access to high-speed Internet: $ 65 billion to help deploy broadband and ensure every American has access to reliable high-speed internet. More than one in four households will also be eligible for a new affordable connectivity benefit to lower Internet service prices.
- The largest federal investment in passenger rail since the inception of Amtrak: $ 66 billion, including $ 24 billion in federal-state partnerships, $ 12 billion for intercity rail service, and additional funding for rail freight.