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RELEASE: VDP Celebrates House Passage of The Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

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Vermont Democratic Party Celebrates House Passage of The Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

MONTPELIER, VT – Last night, the United States House of Representatives passed President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, bringing our country one step closer to a once-in-a-generation investment in our infrastructure. In response, Vermont Democratic Party Chair Bruce Olsson made the following statement:


“As President Biden promised, he worked across the aisle to forge consensus and deliver results. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is now one step closer to creating good-paying jobs, growing our economy, and making much-needed improvements to critical infrastructure like our nation’s roads and highways, bridges and transit; drinking water systems; and broadband – all issues that we’ve been fighting for here in Vermont. Thanks to the leadership of President Biden and Congressional Democrats, Vermont and the nation will be primed to position workers, farmers, and businesses to compete and win in the 21st century.”


Based on funding formula alone, the state of Vermont would expect to receive:


A minimum of $100 million to help provide broadband coverage across the state, including providing access to the at least 40,000 Vermonters who currently lack it. 136,000 Vermonters will also be eligible for the Affordability Connectivity Benefit, which will help low-income families afford internet access.


$1.4 billion to improve highways and $225 million for bridge replacement and repairs over five years.


$77 million over five years to improve public transportation options across the state.


$21 million over five years to support the expansion of an EV charging network in the state. Vermont will also have the opportunity to apply for the $2.5 billion in grant funding dedicated to EV charging in the bill.


$6 million over five years to protect against wildfires.


$12 million to protect against cyberattacks.


$355 million over five years to improve water infrastructure across the state and ensure that clean, safe drinking water is a right in all communities.


$28 million over five years to improve Vermont’s airports.

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CONTACT:

Asha Carroll Communications Director Vermont Democratic Party acarroll@vtdemocrats.org (802) 391-4035

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