Set of historic infrastructure towards the office of the president

11.05.21

Big wins for Alaska in infrastructure bill that will create jobs and boost our economy

Today, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) applauded the House’s passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, legislation she and a bipartisan group of ten senators have worked for months to negotiate, draft and pass through the entire Senate.

The bipartisan bill will improve and modernize our basic infrastructure, making essential investments in roads, bridges, railways, ferries, ports, airports, energy, water systems and broadband. The landmark legislation also strengthens the resilience of the electricity grid and mineral supply chains (including for clean energy technologies), while reforming the permitting process and providing for wildfire mitigation. In total, it provides $550 billion in new spending over five years, without raising taxes, and will grow the US economy, create jobs and fight inflation. The infrastructure package passed the Senate in August with a strong bipartisan vote and will now head to the president for signing into law.

“This bipartisan infrastructure bill is one of the most significant legislative efforts I have worked on in my Senate career. I am incredibly proud and honored to have played a leading role in the creation of this bill. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act recognizes that Alaska is decades behind in basic infrastructure, something many states in the lower 48 take for granted. It is filling that gap by sending billions of dollars home to enable Alaskans to work building roads and sewer systems, repairing bridges, and developing innovative transportation and transportation technologies. energy, which will benefit generations to come,” said Senator Murkowski. “I want to thank the many Alaskans who worked with me to craft provisions that meet the needs of our urban and rural communities. And a big thank you to my friend and fellow Congressman Don Young, for using his influence and platform in the House to garner support to get across the finish line. As this historic legislation now heads to the President for his signature, I look forward to working with our federal partners to make these visions on paper a reality.

Background: Senator Murkowski recently wrote an op-ed highlighting how Alaska will greatly benefit from this historic infrastructure bill. Click here for a list of Alaska highlights contained in the infrastructure bill.


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