U.S. Rep. Lawrence Votes for Historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and Lays the Groundwork for Passage of the Transformational Build Back Better Act
Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Representative Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14) voted for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the rule providing for consideration of the Build Back Better Act. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which makes a historic investment of $1.2 trillion in our nation’s roads, bridges, water infrastructure, and more, is now headed to President Joe Biden for his signature. The Build Back Better Act is a $1.75 trillion transformational investment in child care, education, climate change, and more.
“For decades, hard-working Americans in Michigan and across the country have been left behind. Child care is out of reach, our planet is in a climate crisis, and prescription drug prices are out of control. Then you turn to our crumbling infrastructure and see that too many bridges are structurally deficient, lead pipes are poisoning communities, and millions of Americans don’t have access to broadband. We've kicked the can down the road for far too long, but the House of Representatives is fighting to change that. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the Build Back Better Act are our once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make transformational change.
"With the House passage of the historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, we’re fixing our roads and bridges; replacing lead pipes; investing in electric vehicles; and expanding broadband access while creating thousands of good-paying jobs. However, infrastructure is more than just roads and bridges. It's also child care, elder care, universal pre-K, and housing. I’m proud to have voted to lay the groundwork for passage of the Build Back Better Act, which invests in these critical policies and more while lifting women out of poverty, investing in our children, and lowering costs. Together, these bills reflect the President's vision for our country and build back better for the United States."
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act does the following:
- Repair and rebuild our roads and bridges with a focus on climate change mitigation, resilience, equity, and safety for all users, including cyclists and pedestrians. Michigan would expect to receive $7.3 billion for federal-aid highway apportioned programs and $563 million for bridge replacement and repairs over five years.
- Improve healthy, sustainable transportation options for millions of Americans. Michigan would expect to receive $1 billion over five years to improve public transportation options across the state.
- Build a network of EV chargers to facilitate long-distance travel and provide convenient charging options. Michigan would expect to receive $110 million over five years to support the expansion of an EV charging network in the state. Michigan will also have the opportunity to apply for the $2.5 billion in grant funding dedicated to EV charging in the bill.
- Help connect every American to reliable high-speed internet. Michigan will receive a minimum allocation of $100 million to help provide broadband coverage across the state, including providing access to the at least 398,000 Michiganders who currently lack it. And 2,482,000 or 25% of people in Michigan will be eligible for the Affordability Connectivity Benefit, which will help low-income families afford internet access.
- Prepare more of our infrastructure for the impacts of climate change, cyber attacks, and extreme weather events. Michigan will expect to receive $23 million over five years to protect against wildfires and $24 million to protect against cyberattacks. Michiganders will also benefit from the bill’s historic $3.5 billion national investment in weatherization which will reduce energy costs for families.
- Deliver clean drinking water to every American and eliminate the nation’s lead service lines and pipes. Michigan will expect to receive $1.3 billion over five years to improve water infrastructure across the state and ensure that clean, safe drinking water is a right in all communities.
- Improve our nation’s airports. Airports in Michigan would receive approximately $363 million for infrastructure development for airports over five years