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Larson Votes to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure

November 5, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) voted for the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, sending the bill to President Biden’s desk.  

“Today’s vote will transform our nation and make a much-needed investment in our crumbling infrastructure. Our nation’s infrastructure is in dire need of a boost, and that is made clear when you look at the Hartford region. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act invests the money needed to undo the mistakes of the past and transform the Capital region. It sends more than $6 billion to Connecticut to rebuild our infrastructure.  

“Working with Governor Lamont and Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner Giulietti we will use this funding to move the Greater Hartford Mobility Study and Hartford400 proposal forward. These investments will fix the I-84/I-91 interchange (the number one bottleneck in New England), fund intermodal transportation and public transit, and achieve a 50-year goal of recapturing the riverfront.  Mayor Bronin, Mayor Walsh, and mayors across the region are working with state leadership to end the economic isolation of Hartford’s North End created by I-84 and to remove the mixmaster in East Hartford, which will allow these neighborhoods to flourish. 

While this is a significant step forward, I am disappointed this package did not include many of the provisions included in the House-passed INVEST Act, especially those addressing climate change. I served on the first committee ever in the House that was focused on addressing climate and it’s remained a priority of mine. This is why I will continue to fight to pass President Biden’s budget reconciliation package, which invests more than $500 billion to address climate change and makes significant advancements to help working families.” 

How the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act benefits Connecticut: 

  • Provides $3.5 billion for federal-aid highway apportioned programs and $561 million for bridge replacement and repairs. 
  • Invests $1.3 billion over five years to improve public transportation options across the state. 
  • Allocates at least $100 million to help provide broadband coverage across the state, including providing access to the minimum27,000 CT residents who currently lack it. 
  • Creates the Affordability Connectivity Benefit, to help low-income families afford internet access. In Connecticut, 654,000 people will be eligible.  
  • Invests $445 million over five years to improve water infrastructure across the state and ensure that clean, safe drinking water is guaranteed in all communities and every single lead water service line left will be replaced. 
  • Expands Connecticut’s Electric Vehicle charging network by investing $53 million over five years.  
  • Includes $62 million for airport improvements.  

 

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