Biden Signs $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill

Nancy Patel, Staff Writer

On November 15, 2021, President Joe Biden signed a $1 Trillion infrastructure bill into law. This Bipartisan bill is also called the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. President Biden’s plan to repair crumbling infrastructure on a national level was met with support from both democrats and the GOP. 

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill plans to rebuild the roads, bridges, and rails, as well as expand access to clean drinking water, expand access to high-speed internet, tackle the climate crisis, advance environmental justice, and invest in communities that have been left behind. 

Mitch McConnell, a member of the GOP, a senator from Kentucky, and the current minority leader of the Senate said, “I was proud to support today’s historic bipartisan bill infrastructure deal and prove that both sides of the political aisle can still come together around common-sense solutions.” This came as a surprise, as McConnell has previously said that he will always oppose the Biden agenda. 

It will also strengthen supply chains by making improvements to the ports, airports, rails, and roads of our country. Additionally, it will create jobs, with unemployment reaching highs this past year. When combined with Biden’s Build Back Framework, it is predicted to add 1.5 million jobs per year for the next ten years. 

The bill will spend $55 billion on expanding clean water access to struggling households, businesses, schools, and child care centers. As of right now, roughly 10 million households and 400,000 schools don’t have clean water. Many Tribal Nations also struggle with getting clean water, as well as disadvantaged communities. 

The bill will also spend $65 billion on increasing access to reliable high-speed internet. Reliable internet is necessary for many people to do their jobs, do school work, access health care, and just stay connected. This bill will also lower prices for internet service and help close the digital divide. 

The bill will spend $110 billion on repairing and rebuilding our roads and bridges. 1 in 5 miles of highways and major roads as well as 45,000 bridges are in poor condition. The goal is to make them as safe as possible for citizens. 

A total of $89.9 billion will go towards repairing and improving public transportation, spread out over 5 years. The goal is to expand public transit options on a national level, replace thousands of defunct transit vehicles with clean, zero emission vehicles, and improve accessibility for the elderly and disabled people. 

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill is a once in a generation bill that will help the lives of every American, as well as improve the lives of the less fortunate.