November 15, 2021
Correa Attends White House Signing Ceremony of the Historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
Washington, D.C. — Today, Representative Lou Correa (D-CA) attended the signing ceremony at the White House of the most significant infrastructure investment in a century, the Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act. Rep. Correa voted for this bipartisan legislation to rebuild our country by modernizing the nation’s infrastructure, creating good-paying jobs, fixing our nation’s highways and bridges, expanding broadband internet access, and combating our climate crisis.
Even prior to the pandemic, the Southern Californian region had the worst traffic in the nation. We wasted almost 120 hours per year in congestion. This is time away from your family and the activities that you want to do. As we are reopening the nation, Orange County residents don’t want to waste their time sitting in traffic and wasting gasoline.
Rep. Lou Correa said. “Infrastructure in California and across the country has needed long-overdue repairs. Again, the world is changing, and we have to be ready to respond by investing in our infrastructure to remain competitive. Today I was proud to have voted for this historic legislation that allows our country to slow down climate change and rebuilds our roads and bridges. I am pleased to see this bipartisan bill will also invest in California's economy and ensure we create millions of good-paying jobs for California's 46th district and our nation. This is what Americans can do when we work together, Democrats and Republicans working to ensure that democracy can deliver.”
Background: H.R. 3684, The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is a once-in-a-generation achievement that will affect the life of every American by investing $1.2 trillion into upgrading and modernizing America’s infrastructure across many vital sectors. The bipartisan legislation includes funding for roads, bridges, and highways; clean drinking water; climate change prevention and resilience; internet access; and more. It is expected to create 1 million jobs over the next 10 years.
California will receive hundreds of millions of dollars from H.R.3684 over the next 10 years. These funds will go toward repairing and upgrading the state’s infrastructure, which earned a “C-“ grade from the American Society of Engineers. California will receive, and is eligible for:
Roads, Highways, and Bridges
- $29.5 billion for roads, highways, and bridges, plus up to an additional $28.5 billion in available grant funding
Sustainable Public Transportation
- $9.45 billion for sustainable public transportation options across the state
Clean Drinking Water
- $3.5 billion to improve water infrastructure and ensure clean drinking water
- $1.5 billion for infrastructure development at airports
Electric Vehicles and Charging
- $384 million over five years to build a statewide electric vehicle charging network, plus up to $2.5 billion in available grant funding for EV charging expansion
- $100 million to provide internet access to the 545,000 Californians who currently lack it
- The creation of the Affordability Connectivity Benefit, which will help 10.6 million Californians afford internet access
Wildfires and Cyberattacks
- $84 million to protect against wildfires
- $40 million to protect against cyberattacks
- Additional benefits from national investments that will reduce energy costs
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