Last night, the United States House of Representatives passed President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal, the largest long-term investment in our infrastructure and competitiveness in nearly a century. In response, Massachusetts Democratic Party Chair Gus Bickford released the following statement.
“After four years of chaos and failure under Trump and Republican control, it’s finally infrastructure week in America. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal is one step closer to creating millions of good-paying jobs, modernizing critical infrastructure, and growing an economy that works for everyone. President Biden promised to forge consensus and get things done, but make no mistake, Democrats are the ones delivering results for the American people. Because of President Biden, Democrats, and a once-in-a-generation investment in our nation’s infrastructure, folks across the Commonwealth will have the chance to thrive, compete, and succeed.”
Based on funding formula alone, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts would expect to receive:
- $4.2 billion to improve highways and $1.1 billion for bridge replacement and repairs over five years.
- $2.5 billion over five years to improve public transportation options across the state.
- $63 million over five years to support the expansion of an EV charging network in the state. Massachusetts will also have the opportunity to apply for the $2.5 billion in grant funding dedicated to EV charging in the bill.
- A minimum of $100 million to help provide broadband coverage across the state, including providing access to the at least 137,000 people in Massachusetts who currently lack it. 1,340,000 or 19% of people in Massachusetts will also be eligible for the Affordability Connectivity Benefit, which will help low-income families afford internet access.
- $5.8 million over five years to protect against wildfires.
- $15.7 million to protect against cyberattacks.
- $1.1 billion over five years to improve water infrastructure across the state and ensure that clean, safe drinking water is a right in all communities.
- $244 million over five years to improve Massachusetts airports.