WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden has signed his $1 trillion infrastructure deal into law on the White House lawn, with a smattering of Republican lawmakers on hand for what could be one of the last shows of bipartisanship ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.
Within minutes of the President signing the bill, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman took to Twitter writing, “Glad to see a focus on the nation’s infrastructure needs. @PeteButtigieg, would love to see some of that funding prioritized for projects to get freight moving off the docks in Calif. and out to the country. I-15 between Barstow & Stateline is a choke point that must addressed.”
The president hopes to use the law to build back his popularity, which has taken a hit amid rising inflation and the inability to fully shake off the public health and economic risks from COVID-19. Biden says, “My message to the American people is: America is moving again.” He also is promising people that “your life is going to change for the better.”
Governor Sisolak issued the following statement regarding the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act:
“The historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will make life better for millions of Nevada residents, create a generation of good-paying union jobs and economic growth, and position our State and nation toward a path of success.
For decades, infrastructure in Nevada has suffered from a lack of investment. As Governor, I helped secure a $75 million investment to kickstart our State Infrastructure Bank –the first time the bank was funded since its inception in 2017– and the additional federal dollars will complement the work we are already doing. The need for action in Nevada is clear and today, we can celebrate the passage of this legislation that plays a critical role in investing in Nevada’s future.
As we rebuild, our focus remains on strengthening our clean power production, enabling access to high-speed internet across our State, and helping improve sustainable transportation options for the over 3 million Nevadans who call this State their home.
I want to thank the Biden-Harris Administration for their vision in pushing this bill forward and for members of the Nevada federal delegation who supported this measure. We are ready to get to work.”Gov. Steve Sisolak
Sisolak added to his statement a breakdown of Nevada’s minimum expected funding contained in the Investing Infrastructure and Jobs Act:
- $2.5 billion for federal-aid highway apportioned programs
- $459 million for public transportation
- $403 million for water infrastructure
- $293 million for airport improvements
- $225 million for bridge replacement and repairs
- $100 million for broadband infrastructure
- $38 million for the expansion of electric vehicle charging stations
- $12 million in cybersecurity infrastructure
- $8.6 million for wildfire prevention