Maloney Statement on Passing President Biden’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

Nov 6, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) issued the following statement after voting for H.R. 3684, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. 

  

“I have been a long-time champion for investing in New York City’s infrastructure, and tonight, I was proud to vote for the much-needed bipartisan infrastructure bill. Throughout my career, I have helped secure more than $10 billion in federal funding to the City for a wide array of infrastructure investments – projects that created jobs, improved the quality of life, reduced overcrowding, and improved safety. There are few better ways to improve our communities and create good-paying jobs than infrastructure investments, and this bill will do just that with $550 billion in new federal funding for our nation’s needs. 

 

“The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will create millions of jobs, invest in a foundation for strong economic growth, and ensure all communities can compete and succeed in the 21st Century. Together, the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the Build Back Better Act will create an average of 2 million jobs each year over the course of the decade. Tonight’s vote to adopt the rule for the Build Back Better Act will allow for the passage of the President’s full agenda, and I look forward to quickly advancing that important legislation.” 

 

Background 

 

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act:  

  • Makes the largest federal investment in public transit ever  

  • Makes the largest federal investment in passenger rail since the creation of Amtrak  

  • Makes the single largest dedicated bridge investment since the construction of the interstate highway system  

  • Makes the largest investment in clean drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in American history, delivering clean water to millions of families  

  • Ensures every American has access to reliable high-speed internet  

  • Helps us tackle the climate crisis by making the largest investment in clean energy transmission and EV infrastructure in history; electrifying thousands of school and transit buses across the country; and creating a new Grid Development Authority to build a clean, 21st century electric grid 

 

New York received a C- grade on its Infrastructure Report Card from the American Society of Civil Engineers this year, which detailed many deficiencies that require immediate attention. Below are key statistics on the condition of the infrastructure in our state of New York: 

  

  • 7,292 miles of road and 1,702 bridges are in need of repair 

  • 11% of trains and other transit vehicles in the state are past their useful life 

  • 13% percentage of households are without an internet subscription and 31.4% of New Yorkers only have access to one broadband provider with minimally acceptable speeds 

  • 1.7 million renters pay more than 30% of their income in rent due to affordable housing shortages 

  • New York needs $22.8 billion in modernization costs to ensure safe drinking water 

  • 64% of families have few or no childcare options in their communities, preventing parents from joining the workforce 

  • 700,000 veterans live in New York and many rely on VA facilities, which have been chronically underfunded – leading to longer waits and lower quality care 

  • An average low-income family in New York currently pays 6-8% of their income toward energy bills because their home has not been sufficiently weatherized 

  • New York has experienced 31 extreme weather events in the past decade, which will only increase in frequency and severity due to the climate crisis 

 

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