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Rice Votes to Pass Historic $1.2 Trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

Bill will create thousands of jobs and send billions of dollars to NYS for critical infrastructure upgrades

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Washington, November 5, 2021 | Stuart Malec (202-225-5516) | comments

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice (NY-04) today voted for H.R.3684, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The bill, colloquially referred to as the “bipartisan infrastructure bill/framework” or “BIF”, passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 228-206.

The $1.2 trillion-dollar bipartisan bill will create thousands of jobs and send billions of dollars to New York State for roads, ports, bridges, public transit, airports, drinking water, and other critically needed physical infrastructure upgrades. The bill also contains several auto safety provisions, including two provisions based on Rep. Rice’s bills to update seat back safety standards and require auto manufacturers to implement advanced alcohol detection technology in new cars. 

“Today, we delivered the American people a long overdue win – a historic bipartisan infrastructure bill that will create good-paying jobs, fix our crumbling roads and bridges, clean-up contaminated drinking water, and strengthen our economic recovery on Long Island,” said Rep. Kathleen Rice. “I thank my colleagues who put politics aside to pass this critical legislation, and I am thrilled it will finally be signed into law.”  

“Nassau County thanks Congresswoman Rice for fighting to successfully secure passage of this historic, once-in-a-generation, infrastructure bill,” said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran. “Nassau will be given the tools to create thousands of local jobs that will revitalize our downtowns and improve the health and safety of all residents.” 

“We thank Congresswoman Rice for her leadership in passing this critical bill,” said Long Beach City Manager, Donna M. Gayden. “Making this long overdue investment in our infrastructure will help downtowns across the country and create much needed jobs for our residents.” 

Over the next five years, New York State is projected to receive infrastructure funding in the following areas and amounts from the bipartisan bill:  

·       $11.6 billion for federal-aid highway programs 

·       $9.8 billion for public transit  

·       $2.6 billion to improve water infrastructure  

·       $1.9 billion for bridge replacement and repairs 

·       $685 million for airport infrastructure 

·       $175 million for electric vehicle charging networks (NY would also be able to apply for the BIF’s $2.5 billion in grant funding for electric vehicle charging) 

·       $100 million minimum to provide broadband coverage cross the state (and 28% of New Yorkers would be eligible for the Affordability Connectivity Benefit, which would help low-income families afford internet access. Rice co-led a letter in support of the creation of this program in July.)  

·       $34 million to protect against wildfires 

·       $28 million to protect against cyberattacks 

Furthermore, the House of Representatives took a key procedural vote in advancing the Build Back Better Act.  

“We also made significant progress today in advancing the Build Back Better Act, which includes tax cuts for the middle class, universal pre-k, provisions to lower drug prices, and a once-in-a-generation investment to fight climate change,” continued Rice. “These investments are planned to be offset by finally making billionaires and corporations pay their fair share and cracking down on those cheating our tax code. Now we will await the Congressional Budget Office to complete its nonpartisan analysis to ensure that the cost of this bill is consistent with previous estimates from the Joint Committee on Taxation and the Biden Administration. I have always promised my constituents that they can count on me to be a responsible steward of their tax dollars. That has not and will never change. Once we get this critical assurance from the CBO, I will proudly cast my vote to put this landmark legislation on the President’s desk.” 

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