Rep. Roybal-Allard Statement on Passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
WASHINGTON, DC – “Tonight, I was proud to help pass the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (BIF), which makes historic investments in our nation’s crumbling roads, bridges, and other key elements of our infrastructure. As America continues to face the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, this landmark legislation will allow us to rebuild a strong, resilient and fair economy that will enhance our competitiveness on the world stage and create good-paying jobs for hardworking families. This infrastructure investment is a down payment that will bring positive results to our nation for decades to come.
“For far too long, Americans have relied on roads and bridges that are crumbling and in disrepair. In fact, 173,000 total miles of our highways and major roads and 45,000 bridges across the country are in poor condition. The BIF invests $110 billion for roads, bridges, and major projects with a focus on climate change mitigation, resilience, equity, and safety for all users. It also invests in road safety programs to reduce America’s road fatality rates, which are among the highest in the industrialized world. As the Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, I’m thrilled this bill makes investments to protect our communities from extreme weather and climate-related disaster events as well as in cybersecurity measures to help keep Americans safe from cyberattacks.
“The BIF invests in ports like the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach, which are gateways to the Pacific and major drivers of the American and global economies. This investment is particularly important now given the supply chain challenges we face. It also makes major investments in public transit to increase equity across communities and provides the largest federal investment in passenger rail since the creation of Amtrak.
“Americans rely on high-speed broadband internet to do their jobs, enjoy equal participation in education, access health care, and stay connected with each other. This has never been more true than throughout the pandemic. Unfortunately, some communities face unequal access to broadband, which puts those without it at a significant disadvantage as they try to work remotely and help their children learn. With investments in our digital infrastructure, the BIF will help even the playing field so Americans in all communities can thrive.
“In addition to these important measures, the BIF will enhance our energy and power infrastructure, fund environmental remediation for brownfields and abandoned industrial sites, and ensure our communities can access clean and safe drinking water. On behalf of my constituents and families nationwide, I was proud to help pass this legislation and I look forward to it being signed into law so we can make overdue changes to our infrastructure and set our nation and economy up for decades of progress and success.”