Six Months In: President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is Delivering for Floridians
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 16, 2022
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SIX MONTHS IN: PRESIDENT BIDEN’S BIPARTISAN INFRASTRUCTURE LAW IS DELIVERING FOR FLORIDIANS
From rebuilding bridges to bringing down the cost of utility bills, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is delivering concrete benefits to Florida families
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Six months ago, President Biden brought together Democrats and Republicans to pass the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, historic legislation to rebuild and modernize America. The positive impact of this law is already being felt in Florida and across the country as it gets Americans to work rebuilding roads and bridges, replacing lead pipes, expanding access to high-speed internet, and more. President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is creating good-paying jobs in Florida and lowering costs for families by bringing supply chains back to the United States – making “Buy American” a reality once again.
Already, funding has been announced for 4,300 projects across all 50 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico. In Florida, $5.2 billion in funding so far from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is creating jobs and fixing crumbling infrastructure – from the historic investment in Everglades restoration, to the commitment to the renourishment of Port Tampa Bay, to the Affordable Connectivity Program which provides eligible families $30/month off their internet bills. The full list of projects funded in Florida to date can be found here. These projects are just a few of the many ways Floridians have seen – and will continue to see – the benefits of President Biden’s infrastructure law in their communities.
Six months ago, President Biden signed his historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which will create good-paying jobs and fix crumbling infrastructure throughout Florida:
- Delivers $13.1 billion in federal funding to repair highways and $245 million for bridge replacement and repairs to address the over 3,564 miles of highway and 408 bridges in poor condition in Florida.
- Improves healthy, sustainable transportation options, including by investing $2.6 billion in public transit and $198 million to expand Florida’s network of EV charging stations.
- This includes an investment of over $530 million in 2022 from the Federal Transit Administration for Florida transit systems to modernize and expand services for Floridians in communities large and small.
- Brings high-speed internet access to the at least 707,000 Floridians who lack access to broadband.
- And, under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, 6,465,000 or 30% of people in Florida will be eligible for the Affordability Connectivity Benefit, which will help low-income families afford internet access.
- Invests $1.6 billion in Florida to eliminate lead pipes and provide clean drinking water to Floridians who lack it.
- Prepares more of our infrastructure for the impacts of climate change, cyber attacks, and extreme weather events. Florida can expect to receive $26 million over five years to protect against wildfires and $29 million to protect against cyberattacks.
- Invests over $93 million in 2022 through the Weatherization Assistance Program to help working families in Florida make their homes more energy-efficient and save families nearly $400 a year on their energy bills while tackling climate change.
- Provides approximately $1.2 billion to Florida airports for infrastructure development over five years.
- Invests over $320 million over five years through the Carbon Reduction Program to help Florida reduce carbon emissions to fight climate change while saving Floridians money on gas by supporting zero-emission transportation like the electrification of vehicles.
- Uses part of a $1 billion investment to clean up Superfund sites on the National Priorities List, including five in Florida: Tower Chemical, Escambia Wood (Pensacola), Continental Cleaners, Anodyne, Inc., and American Creosote Works, Inc. (Pensacola Plant).
- Invests more than $1 billion to revitalize and restore the Everglades by combating pollution, rising sea levels, and droughts, providing drinking water supply for over 8 million Floridians, and supporting Florida’s tourism economy.
See more about how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is delivering for Florida:
- Tallahassee Democrat: Florida lawmakers prepare to spend federal broadband expansion money
- Treasure Coast News: Biden’s infrastructure bill fully funds one of two reservoirs to help St. Lucie River