Schneider Statement on Biden Signing Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

November 15, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) attended the White House’s bill signing of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and issued the following statement:

 

“Today, the United States takes a giant step forward on investing in our future with the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. From broken roads, bridges, and rails, to crumbling sewage, broadband, and water pipes, Democrats and Republicans have joined together to affirm the commitment that we will win the twenty-first century with modern infrastructure and good-paying jobs. I am deeply grateful to the President for his leadership on this issue and his determination to have a law that would get broad bipartisan support from across Congress and the United States.

 

“I know that this law will be a boon for Illinois. For years, our state has struggled with what has generously been evaluated to be C-grade infrastructure – and that’s only after grade inflation. With the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Illinois will receive more than $11 billion for road and bridge repair projects like improvements to east-west traffic along Illinois Route 120. The new law will provide Illinois with $4 billion to improve public transportation options, transforming everything from projects like our Metra system to the Pace bus routes across our district. Illinois will receive more than $1.7 billion for clean water and lead water line replacement in towns like North Chicago and Waukegan, and many others. Sewage and flooding improvements will be funded across flood-prone communities such as the Fox River, Des Plaines River, and the North Branch Chicago River Watersheds. The new law will also invest in our clean energy future, helping to fund the construction of a robust electric vehicle charging network across the state, while also making the single biggest federal investment in our history towards climate resiliency. I could not be more proud and excited about the wonderful investments this law will bring to our great state.”

 

Based on formula funding alone, Illinois is expected to receive $9.8 billion for federal-aid highway apportioned programs and $1.4 billion for bridge replacement and repairs under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act over five years. Illinois can also compete for the $12.5 billion Bridge Investment Program for economically significant bridges and nearly $16 billion of national funding in the bill dedicated for major projects that will deliver substantial economic benefits to communities. In Illinois there are 2,374 bridges and over 6,218 miles of highway in poor condition. Since 2011, commute times have increased by 7.3% in Illinois and on average, each driver pays $609 per year in costs due to driving on roads in need of repair. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is the single largest dedicated bridge investment since the construction of the interstate highway system.

 

Under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, based on the traditional state revolving fund formula, Illinois is expected to receive $1.7 billion over five years to improve water infrastructure across the state and ensure that clean, safe drinking water is a right in all communities.

 

Under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, airports in Illinois are expected to receive approximately $616 million for infrastructure development for airports over five years.

 

Based on formula funding alone, Illinois is expected to receive $4.0 billion over five years under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to improve public transportation options across the state. Illinoisans who take public transportation spend an extra 68.3% of their time commuting and non-White households are 1.9 times more likely to commute via public transportation. 21% of trains and other transit vehicles in the state are past useful life.

 

Under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Illinois is expected to receive $149 million over five years to support the expansion of an EV charging network in the state. Illinois will also have the opportunity to apply for the $2.5 billion in grant funding dedicated to EV charging in the bill.

 

Under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Illinois is expected to receive a minimum allocation of $100 million to help provide broadband coverage across the state, including providing access to the at least 228,000 Illinoisans who currently lack it. And, under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, 2,926,000 or 23% of people in Illinois will be eligible for the Affordability Connectivity Benefit, which will help low-income families afford internet access.

 

Under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, based on historical formula funding levels, Illinois is expected to receive $27 million over five years to protect against wildfires and $22 million to protect against cyberattacks. Illinoisans will also benefit from the bill’s historic $3.5 billion national investment in weatherization which will reduce energy costs for families. From 2010 to 2020, Illinois has experienced 48 extreme weather events, costing the state up to $50 billion in damages.

 

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