PENNSYLVANIA — Today President Biden signed the historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill into law. The entire GOP Senate primary field opposed the bill, standing in opposition to something that will make a real, lasting impact on Pennsylvanians.
“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill is a huge win for Pennsylvanians, who will benefit from the improvements to the commonwealth’s roads, bridges and broadband, as well as the much-needed jobs that will come,” said Pennsylvania Democratic spokesperson Jack Doyle. “In opposing the bill and all its benefits, the Republican Senate candidates continue to demonstrate that they have no real solutions to offer voters while Democrats deliver for Pennsylvania.”
Here’s are some of the elements of the bill that the GOP Senate field is opposing:
- Much-needed jobs coming to Pennsylvania while improving the commonwealth’s infrastructure, which was graded a C- by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
- Billions to 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.
- Improving healthy, sustainable transportation options for millions of Americans. Pennsylvanians who take public transportation spend an extra 68.8% of their time commuting and non-White households are 5 times more likely to commute via public transportation.
- Helping connect every Pennsylvanian to reliable high-speed internet.
- Preparing more of our infrastructure for the impacts of climate change, cyber attacks, and extreme weather events.
- Delivering clean drinking water to every American and eliminating the nation’s lead service lines and pipes.
- Improving our airports. Pennsylvania would receive approximately $355 million for infrastructure development for airports over five years
- The historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will make life better for millions of Pennsylvania residents, create a generation of good-paying union jobs and economic growth, and position the United States to win the 21st century. Pennsylvania can expect to receive:
- $11.3 billion for federal-aid highway apportioned programs and $1.6 billion for bridge replacement and repairs under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act over five years.
- $2.8 billion over five years to improve public transportation options across the state
- $171 million to support the expansion of an EV charging network in the state
- $100 million to help provide broadband coverage across the state, including providing access to the at least 394,000 Pennsylvanians who currently lack it