How the Biden Agenda Delivered for Wisconsin This Week
MADISON Wis. — This week, President Joe Biden and a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators reached an agreement on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal — a once-in-generation investment in infrastructure. This deal reaffirms President Biden’s commitment to working across the aisle to continue delivering for working families as Biden’s agenda builds back better in the Badger state.
Here’s what folks across the state are saying about the Biden-Harris administration’s recovery efforts and economic agenda:
- Milwaukee is set to receive $394 million in federal pandemic aid over two years through the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion coronavirus response package enacted in March 2021. An initial $197 million of those funds for the city has already been disbursed — accounting for half of its total allotment — and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has released his initial plans for how to spend it.
- The American Rescue Plan and a proposed infrastructure package promoted by President Joe Biden, mark a level of focused federal funding for cities that has not been a policy emphasis for over a half-century, according to Marc Levine, a professor emeritus of history, economic development and urban studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, described the infrastructure plan as a “bold investment” to create jobs, lower unemployment and rebuild the nation’s roads, bridges and transit systems.
- “I have long supported investments to improve our nation’s railroad infrastructure so we can expand access to safe, reliable and efficient transportation for more Wisconsinites, and I’m excited to support Amtrak’s proposal to expand passenger rail service to new communities in Wisconsin,” Baldwin said in an email.
- Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo tells TMJ4‘s Charles Benson the plan will help small businesses in Wisconsin with affordable internet access and provide funding for Milwaukee’s much-needed lead lateral replacement project.
- “It will have big improvements in transit, how we get around, how we get to work so there’s some really tangible improvements here to improve your economy,” said Secretary Raimondo. “It’ll create thousands of jobs, because everything I just said, laying fiber for broadband, fixing roads, bridges and airports puts people to work in good-paying jobs.”