Find out where the money is going for Biden’s landmark infrastructure plan
This week marks the sixth anniversary month of of President Biden massive plan to “rebuild the backbone” of America by fixing the nation’s transportation system, from outdated public transportation to crumbling roads and bridges.
“My message to the American people is this: America is moving again and your life is going to change for the better,” Biden said during his signing. 1.2 trillion dollar bill in November. It was the biggest outpouring of public funds since the 1950s, when highway and highway construction across the country boomed in earnest as Americans bought cars in record numbers.
So where does the money go?
Some 4,300 projects are underway, with $110 billion in funding available, the White House announced Monday. The money will go towards repairing roads, improving power grids and expanding broadband internet service.
The list also includes not only large-scale jobs, but also community efforts such as widening bike lanes and purchasing new energy-efficient buses.
“We’re getting started on the projects that are ready to go,” White House senior aide Mitch Landrieu told reporters on Monday.
“I think if the Americans back down, we’ll all have to admit that for 50 years we’ve had the need to do it and we haven’t found the will or the way to do it,” Landrieu said.
Governors and mayors were told they were responsible for requesting 90% of the available money and overseeing its spending. The federal government is responsible for distributing 10% of the funds to projects such as clean energy and combating the growing number of traffic accidents through road safety programs.
Michigan receives $1.3 billion to improve its water distribution system. The state is home to the city of flintwhere corroded lead pipes were turning drinking water to brown sludge and sickening thousands of people with dangerous levels of lead dripping from taps.
Overall, the infrastructure plan provides $110 billion for roads, bridges and major transportation projects; $65 billion to expand and provide cheaper internet service; $66 billion for improving trains and railroads; $55 billion for the construction and repair of water supply systems; $25 billion for airports; $39.2 billion in new public transit spending; and $5 billion for charging stations for electric cars and trucks.
The six-month anniversary of the plan also lands at a critical time for Americans. The stock market fluctuates wildly, inflation is the highest in almost 40 years and The Russian invasion of Ukraine skyrocketed energy prices, pushing gasoline prices at U.S. pumps past $4.50 a gallon.
And the midterm elections are looming, with political rhetoric at its height between Democrats and Republicans.
“All we can do is tell the story of what we do, and the impact that will have on the mid-terms will be what it will be,” Landrieu said on Monday.
“A really smart person said, you know, even the people who voted don’t want dough,” he said. “It’s as close to consensus in my political life as I’ve seen.”