DFL Party Statement on President Biden Signing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
President Biden and Democrats are delivering good-paying jobs and major infrastructure improvements for Minnesota
Today, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law, delivering on a key campaign promise and creating jobs across America.
DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin released the following statement:
“The infrastructure bill President Biden signed today will create good-paying jobs across Minnesota by repairing our roads and bridges, replacing dangerous lead pipes, and delivering broadband to folks who’ve gone too long without it. This really is a blue-collar blueprint to rebuild America because many of the jobs created by this bill will not require a college degree.
“For decades, presidents from both parties have been trying and failing to pass the kind of once-in-a-generation infrastructure bill that President Biden delivered within a year of taking office. The divide between the two parties could not be more clear: Republicans used their time in power to cut taxes for the already-rich. Democrats put shots in arms and money in pockets with the American Rescue Plan, and today we delivered a historic investment in America that will create millions of good-paying, working-class jobs and repair our country’s crumbling infrastructure.”
Minnesota is set to receive the following from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act:
- $4.5 billion for federal-aid highway apportioned programs and $302 million for bridge replacement and repairs over five years.
- More than $818 million over five years to improve public transportation options across the state.
- $100 million to help provide broadband coverage across the state, including providing access to the at least 83,000 Minnesotans who currently lack it.
- Also, 1,071,000 or 18.9% of people in Minnesota will be eligible for the Affordability Connectivity Benefit, which will help low-income families afford internet access.
- $680 million over five years to improve water infrastructure across the state and ensure that clean, safe drinking water is a right in all communities.