Today, Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal, which will benefit families in every corner of Michigan. In response, Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lavora Barnes issued the following statement:
“President Biden and Democrats in Congress have once again delivered for Michigan’s families — and it’s not hyperbole to say that the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal will change lives. In passing President Biden’s popular infrastructure bill, House Democrats have moved us one step closer to creating thousands of good-paying jobs, expanding access to high-speed internet across the state, and investing billions of dollars in Michigan communities across the Great Lakes state.
“Thanks to President Biden and under the leadership of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, families from Houghton to Detroit can rest assured knowing that their drinking water will be cleared of toxic chemicals, drivers will be safer on our roads and bridges, and businesses will be able to build back better than ever before.
“And while it’s no surprise that a vast majority of GOP lawmakers from Michigan voted against their constituents by opposing this bipartisan deal, it’s clear to Michiganders that it’s Democrats that have delivered where Republicans failed to — and voters won’t forget it.”
In Michigan, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal will invest:
- $7.3 billion for federal-aid highway apportioned programs and $563 million for bridge replacement and repairs;
- $1 billion to improve public transportation options across the state;
- $110 million to support the expansion of an electric vehicle charging network in the state;
- $100 million to help provide broadband coverage across the state, including providing access to the at least 398,000 Michiganders who currently lack it; and
- $23 million to protect against extreme weather events.