NH leaders, stakeholders Laud Shaheen and Hassan for their leadership on historic infrastructure legislation
August 11, 2021
** Shaheen was one of the chief negotiators of the infrastructure package, led the bipartisan discussions on broadband infrastructure and water **
** Senator Hassan has led efforts to invest in passenger rail transport, coastal resilience and cybersecurity **
(Washington, DC) – On Tuesday, the United States Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of Law on investment in infrastructure and employment with a bipartisan vote of 69-30. The bill represents the largest infrastructure investment in our country’s history. This package would provide an investment of $ 550 billion in our country’s basic infrastructure priorities – including roads and bridges, railways, public transport, ports, airports, power grid, water supply systems and broadband. The bipartisan legislation is the result of months of negotiations led by Shaheen and in which Hassan participated, which will make solid investments for communities in Granite State. Shaheen was a key negotiator and led the broadband and water infrastructure arrangements. Senator Hassan helped secure key arrangements related to passenger rail transport, coastal resilience and cybersecurity. Hours after the Senate approved the landmark legislation, New Hampshire city leaders and stakeholders praised Shaheen and Hassan for their work in pushing the legislation through the Senate:
“I am grateful to Senators Shaheen and Hassan for their unwavering leadership in putting in place this historic infrastructure legislation to the finish line in the Senate,” said Joe Bonfiglio, business manager for the Massachusetts and Northern New England Workers’ District Council. “This investment will help create well-paying construction jobs for hard-working families and the members of LIUNA New England stand ready to help make this historic investment in our country’s infrastructure.
“The bipartisan infrastructure package that was passed by the Senate earlier this week is an investment in the community and the quality of life for residents of cities like Concord,” said Mayor Jim Bouley. “Thank you to Senator Shaheen and Senator Hassan for crossing the aisle to get there. The quality of our drinking water, the safety of our roads and the accessibility of high-speed Internet will improve thanks to this unique investment.
“We appreciate the work of senators on this bill and are encouraged by the bipartisan support,” said Mayor Charlene Lovett. “This long-awaited investment in our infrastructure will give communities like Claremont the resources to provide equal access to high-speed Internet, improve the resilience of our transportation network and expand access to passenger rail. This investment is directly linked to our ability to create economic opportunities, protect public safety and the environment. “
“I am delighted to see the Law on investment in infrastructure and employment pass the Senate with bipartisan support, and I appreciate the efforts of Senator Shaheen and Senator Hassan to make this happen ”, said Mayor Joyce Craig. “With this historic investment, our city will be able to create well-paying jobs and improve our roads, airport, rail systems and more, ensuring the prosperity of our community for years to come.”
“I am proud of the bipartisan compromise that Senators Shaheen and Hassan reached earlier this week to make investments in much needed infrastructure that will benefit our local communities,” said Mayor Andrew Hosmer. “The unprecedented investment in strengthening broadband will be critical for communities like Laconia as Granite Staters continues to rely on connectivity to work, learn and access key services remotely. “
“From much-needed upgrades to our traditional transport infrastructure, to broadband investments to bridge the digital divide, to advancing the development of clean energy resources, the bipartisan infrastructure bill passed by the Senate will have no effect. no doubt a significant and transformational impact in our region. . These investments will address the critical challenges facing New England, while creating jobs and driving continued economic recovery and growth. We are grateful to Senator Shaheen for her leadership in promoting this historic bipartite legislation, and hope that the House will quickly follow suit, ” said James T. Brett, President and CEO of the New England Council.
Shaheen was a key negotiator for the bipartisan task force, which included U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Susan Collins (R-ME), Joe Manchin (D-WV) , Mitt Romney (R-UT), Mark Warner (D-VA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Jon Tester (D-MT). In June, Shaheen joined President Biden and the bipartisan group of senators in announcing the framework of the package. Shaheen also joined members of the bipartisan group in the Senate to unveil the text of the bill. Shaheen was a key negotiator and led the broadband and water infrastructure arrangements.
Senator Hassan has worked to negotiate key provisions of the bill, including improving coastal resilience, expanding access to high-speed internet, strengthening future funding opportunities for passenger rail transport to connect Nashua, Manchester and Concord in Boston and strengthen cybersecurity.