Today the Senate passed the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act by a vote of 69 to 30. While this bill is smaller in scope than the original $2.3 trillion American Jobs Plan, it includes $550 billion in new funding for our nations roads, bridges, ports, and other infrastructure. The Senate and House must reconcile their differences before it can become law therefore it’s final fate is still weeks away.
Should the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act pass, California is expected to receive billions of dollars in formula funding alone. For this reason we must continue to educate our lawmakers of our infrastructure needs and emphasize the importance of its final passage.
What does this bill mean for California?
The White House released a fact sheet outlining what California can expect to see should the bill pass. Below are some highlights.
Roads and Bridges
- $25.3 billion for federal-aid highway apportioned programs
- $4.2 billion for bridge replacement and repairs
- CA can also compete for the $12.5 billion Bridge Investment Program for economically significant bridges and nearly $16 billion of national funding in the bill dedicated for major projects that will deliver substantial economic benefits to communities
- $9.45 billion
- $384 million to support the expansion of an EV charging network in the state
- CA will also have the opportunity to apply for the $2.5 billion in grant funding dedicated to EV charging in the bill
- Minimum allocation of $100 million to help provide broadband coverage across the state
- Additionally, 27% of people in California will be eligible for the Affordability Connectivity Benefit, which will help low-income families afford internet access