WASHINGTON, D.C. – On November 5, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which includes $550 billion in new federal investments in America’s infrastructure and will add an estimated two million jobs per year to the national economy. The bill passed the Senate in August and now heads to President Biden for signature. Following House passage, National League of Cities (NLC) CEO and Executive Director Clarence E. Anthony issued the following statement:
“America’s cities, towns and villages know infrastructure is a job worth doing, and we are elated that Congress voted today to partner with us to get this job done for the American people. Communities face lists of urgently overdue infrastructure projects – including transportation networks, water systems, and broadband capabilities – and local governments are ready to rebuild with renewed federal support behind us.
We are thankful for the bipartisan work of Congress and President Biden that answers the call of local leaders with historic investments to communities that are ready to put in the work to strengthen, build, protect and maintain the infrastructure that keeps Americans moving. Local governments are ready to get to work. For more than half a decade, NLC and local leaders have called on Congress and the Administration to invest wholly in our nation’s infrastructure. With this vote, they have delivered for our communities and our residents.
We look forward to President Biden signing this bill into law and we urge Congress to quickly pass the Build Back Better Act.”
NLC’s recent report, City Fiscal Conditions 2021, found that 49% of finance officers surveyed reported infrastructure as a top factor hindering them from balancing their FY2021 budgets.
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