“It’s Going to Help Us Win”: State Parties Continue Highlighting Investments in President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
December 8, 2021
Almost a month after President Biden signed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Democratic state parties and local leaders continue to tout the many benefits that it will bring to communities across the country. Local leaders, from U.S. senators to mayors to state party chairs, are speaking directly to Americans about how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will create good-paying jobs, modernize our roads, bridges, and public transit, replace lead water pipes and service lines, improve access to high-speed internet, and so much more.
Here’s a look at how local Democrats are continuing to talk directly to voters about President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law this week:
The Indiana Gazette: Broadband to get a boost from infrastructure act
“Pennsylvania will benefit tremendously from it,” U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr., D-Scranton, told a Monday conference call conducted through the Pennsylvania Democratic Party committee.
Casey said it would provide $100 million to help areas where 340,000 now lack such service.
He also said it is just one element of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act recently signed by President Joe Biden, something the White House called the largest long-term investment in the nation’s infrastructure and competitiveness in nearly a century.
“This is not a windfall, it is a lifeline,” said Indiana County Commissioner Sherene Hess, one of those invited to join Casey for the conference call. She said 30 percent of Indiana County households are struggling.
The Tribune-Democrat: Casey: Broadband funding for rural areas key element of infrastructure bill
“Broadband is just one of a long list of elements in the infrastructure bill, but it’s one of the most important we could’ve invested in,” said Casey, touting it as a modern-day necessity in the age of virtual learning, online business opportunities and remote work.
As outlined, the infrastructure bill will initially provide $100 million in funds toward broadband expansion in Pennsylvania and another $35 million to enable as many as 2.9 million residents who cannot afford internet to receive high-speed service at discounted rates, Casey during a conference call Monday.
Wolff made comments about how the broadband expansion will be beneficial to farmers. Once the internet comes their way, it’ll help them with precision agriculture. Bock, a Johnstown native, said that this bill will allow folks in the Central region to compete with urban areas because they now have the same access.
“The big picture is it’s going to help us win. And that’s what I’m interested in,” Bock said. “I want to see everybody win. It levels the playing field geographically. So whether you’re in Pittsburgh or Johnstown or rural community or countryside, you’re going to be able to compete at the same level as some of these other folks.”
Harrisburg, PA — If the pandemic taught us anything, it’s how important a reliable internet connection is to our schools, workplaces and small businesses. But much of PA, mostly rural areas, are still without broadband internet access. $100 million from the new Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act will change that.
“One of the best things we did this year was to finally, finally make an investment in high speed internet access,” said Senator Bob Casey.
In North Carolina:
The Biden Administration’s recent infrastructure bill will provide billions of dollars to address drinking water contamination, including from emerging contaminants like PFAS. […]
At a press conference next to the Cape Fear River, Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo said there would be $10 billion invested in addressing such contamination across the country, with some of that money coming to Wilmington down the line.
“$10 billion to clean up PFAS in our drinking water. That’s how much the recently passed Bipartisan Infrastructure Law commits to tackling contaminants like GenX. Leaders say some of that federal funding will help residents in Southeastern North Carolina who are exposed to PFAS-contaminated drinking water for decades. It’s a historic amount of money to tackle what the Cape Fair riverkeeper, ‘the issue of our time.’”
“After decades of GenX, PFASes, & other long-term chemicals spilling into the Cape Fear River, local and state leaders announce a clean up will begin in the new future.”
Albany Herald: Democrats praise Biden, infrastructure law
The Democratic Party of Georgia hosted a news conference in Albany Tuesday to celebrate President Biden and Georgia Democrats’ passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and discussed how the transformative package will drive an economic boost to southwest Georgia.
Speakers emphasized how the infrastructure bill will create thousands of good-paying union jobs, stimulate the economy, and revitalize the state’s roads, bridges, and highways – leaving no Georgia community behind.
“Democratic Representative CaMia Hopson and Senator Freddie Powell Sims celebrated the passing of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law today in Albany. […] They said it will drive a huge economic boost to SW Georgia.”