Biden Delivers For Wisconsin
Bipartisan infrastructure bill gives state $8 billion for roads, bridges, transit, broadband and much more.
President Joe Biden has signed the bipartisan infrastructure bill passed by the Congress into law. And, the Democratic-led House passed the Build Back Better Act. Both are historic and transformative. Biden is delivering on commitments to regular folks in Wisconsin.
On signing the bipartisan infrastructure bill, supported by 19 GOP senators and 13 GOP representatives, Biden said: “For all you at home who feel left behind and forgotten in an economy that’s changing so rapidly this bill is for you. The vast majority of the thousands of jobs that will be created do not require a college degree. This is a blue-collar blueprint to rebuild America, and it’s long overdue.” The signing ceremony was attended by Democratic and GOP members of Congress, governors, business and labor leaders.
The infrastructure legislation will give Wisconsin: $5.2 billion for repairing and rebuilding roads, $225 million for bridge repairs and replacement, over $590 million for public transit, $100 million for broadband, $841 million for water infrastructure, $198 million for airports, $79 million for a state electric vehicle charging network and more. All Wisconsin Democratic members of Congress voted yes, while all state GOP members opposed. Although Wisconsin GOP Representatives Mike Gallagher and Bryan Steil are members of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus (PSC), they didn’t join 8 other GOP PSC members in negotiating and passing the bill.
On Friday, the Democratic-led House passed the Build Back Better Act on a party line vote. All Wisconsin Democrats voted yes, while all state Republicans were opposed. The NYT reported: “It offers universal prekindergarten, generous subsidies for child care that extend well into the middle class, expanded financial aid for college, (help for healthcare coverage), housing support, home and community care for older Americans, a new hearing benefit for Medicare and (some) price controls for prescription drugs. More than half a trillion dollars would go toward shifting the U.S. economy away from fossil fuel to renewable energy and electric cars … .”
The bill now goes to the Democratic-led Senate. In order to pass, all 50 Democratic senators must support the bill. That means it will be amended to reduce the cost and eliminate some provisions. Baldwin tweeted: “I’m not going to let congressional Republicans stop me from delivering results for Wisconsin. It is time to make billionaires and the largest corporations pay their fair share of taxes so we can invest in an economy that works for hard-working Wisconsin families.” Spot-on.
This column was originally published by Wispolitics.com.
Bill Kaplan wrote a guest column from Washington, D.C., for the Wisconsin State Journal from 1995 – 2009.
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