Two Years of President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in Nevada
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 8th, 2023
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TWO YEARS OF PRESIDENT BIDEN’S BIPARTISAN INFRASTRUCTURE LAW IN NEVADA
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Next Wednesday marks the two-year anniversary of President Biden signing the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. This legislation has invested $1.6 billion dollars to modernize Nevada’s roads, bridges, public transit, ports, and airports, and $203 million dollars to improve Nevada’s water infrastructure.
Ahead of the anniversary, Building Back Together Executive Director Mayra Macías released the following statement:
“Over the past two years, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has become a driving force behind infrastructure development, job creation, and environmental sustainability. Since its enactment, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has created new high-paying and union job opportunities all across the country and fueled a manufacturing renaissance not seen in a generation.
But perhaps most of all, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is a testament to the power of bipartisan cooperation and the potential to address pressing challenges. As we celebrate its two-year anniversary, we look forward to continued progress and the enduring impact it will have on our nation for generations to come.”
Nevada is already seeing major impacts thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law signed into law by President Biden:
- About 242,000 Nevadan households are saving on their monthly internet bill thanks to the Affordable Connectivity Program.
- $61.5 million has been invested to remove Nevada’s lead pipes throughout the state. According to the National Resources Defense Council, there are an estimated 5,200 lead service lines in the state.
- Nevada has seen the largest dedicated investment to its roads and bridges since the creation of the interstate highway system. In Nevada, 29 bridges and more than 1,074 miles of highway in poor condition — and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has already made $1.3 billion in investments for roads, bridges, and other major road safety projects.
Read more about the impacts of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in local media:
The Nevada Independent: Nevada lawmakers greenlight $360 million in federal funding for broadband build-out
Those funds come by way of the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law) that passed in late 2021, and will be split between the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) Program and Eastern Nevada Middle Mile Fiber Network.
The funding comes from the Department of Energy’s Grid Resilience State and Tribal Formula Grants program, which was created in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that Senators Cortez Masto and Rosen both helped draft and pass into law.
Amtrak passenger trains that once traveled from Las Vegas to Salt Lake City, Utah, with a stop in Caliente, Nevada, before the service ended in the ’90s because of budget cuts, might reopen in the next five to seven years — if the project can take advantage of some of the $66 billion for U.S. railroad systems made available by the 2021 passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
Nevada Current: Rosen highlights ongoing effort to land high-speed rail
As a federal grant application seeking $3.75 billion in funding for a proposed high-speed rail connecting Southern Nevada to Southern California remains in flux – and if secured would only fund a portion of the $12 billion project – U.S. Jacky Rosen is urging the Department of Transportation to process the proposal…Over the years, Nevada policymakers have proposed and backed multiple plans to construct a high-speed train between California and Las Vegas without success. Rosen said the $1.2 billion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed in 2021 could help provide “historic funding for rail projects like this one.”