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Quigley Statement on Passage of Bipartisan Infrastructure Package

Nov 6, 2021
Press Release

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Committee on Appropriations, released the following statement after the House passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, also known as the bipartisan infrastructure bill, and Democrats reached an agreement on a path forward for the Build Back Better Act:

“In 2020, Democrats promised the American people a once-in-a-generation investment in our nation’s physical infrastructure. I’m proud that today Congress delivered on that promise.

“The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is the largest investment in American physical infrastructure in a generation. It will grow our economy, make our nation more competitive, create good-paying jobs, and ensure long-term and sustainable growth.

“This bipartisan compromise contains $550 billion in new investments, including $110 billion for roads and bridges, $25 billion for airports, the largest investment in clean drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in American history, and an unprecedented investment in public transit systems like CTA and Metra. It also takes steps towards tackling the climate crisis by making the largest investment in clean energy transmission and EV infrastructure in history.

“But our commitment to American voters does not end there. Democrats also pledged to deliver increased access to healthcare, improve economic opportunities for families, and address the climate crisis. That is why it was so critical that Congress reach an agreement on a path forward for President Biden’s Build Back Better Act at the same time as we make our infrastructure commitment the law of the land.

“I now look forward to voting on this vital second legislative package.”