WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3684, the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The bipartisan infrastructure bill includes investments in roads and bridges, transit, rail, clean drinking water and wastewater systems, and high-speed broadband networks. This legislation will repair and modernize crumbling and outdated infrastructure across the nation.
“I am delighted we passed the bipartisan infrastructure bill that will transform our Commonwealth with critical funding to roads, bridges, clean water, and more,” Rep. Dean said. “This is an historic moment, and I look forward to voting yes on President Biden’s Build Back Better bill.”
Together, the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the Build Back Better Act are estimated to create an average of 2 million jobs each year over the next decade.
This Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill will:
Rebuild roads and bridges nationwide, including the largest bridge investment since the construction of the interstate highway system seven decades ago;
Deliver clean drinking water to ten million families and more than 400,000 schools and child care facilities nationwide with the largest-ever investment in American water infrastructure to replace lead pipes and service lines across the nation;
Help clean up legacy pollution, which is an important step in advancing environmental justice;
Expand access to reliable high-speed internet to help more families get online to work and learn;
Make historic improvements to public transit, with the largest federal investment in American history and the largest federal investment in passenger rail since the creation of Amtrak; and
Support action to address the climate crisis, making down-payments on clean energy transmission, a clean and resilient electric grid, electric vehicle infrastructure and more.
In Pennsylvania, there are more than 3,000 bridges and more than 7,500 miles of highway in poor condition. Through the bipartisan infrastructure bill, Pennsylvania is expected to receive $11.3 billion for federal-aid highway programs and $1.6 billion for bridge replacements over five years. Additionally, Pennsylvania is expected to receive $2.8 billion over five years to improve public transportation and $1.4 billion to improve water infrastructure that will ensure clean drinking water in all communities.
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act now goes to President Biden’s desk to be signed into law.
Rep. Madeleine Dean is a mother, grandmother, attorney, professor, former four-term member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and U.S. Representative for the Fourth District of Pennsylvania.