WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Elaine Luria today voted for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684) to help jumpstart Virginia’s economy with good-paying jobs and rebuild the Commonwealth’s infrastructure.
“This bipartisan infrastructure bill secures generational investments to rebuild our roads and bridges, strengthen the Port of Virginia, and protect against rising sea levels — while creating thousands of good-paying jobs,” Congresswoman Luria said. “The people of Hampton Roads elected me to help lead our economy out of the pandemic, and that’s what this legislation does.”
The bipartisan infrastructure package, which passed the U.S. Senate by a vote of 69 to 30, will invest $7 billion over the next five years to fix Virginia’s roads, $537 million for bridge replacement and repairs, $1.2 billion to modernize Virginia’s public transit and reduce emissions, $738 million to make Virginia’s drinking water cleaner by removing lead pipes, $106 million to build a network of electric vehicle charging stations across the Commonwealth to incentivize clean technology and more fuel-efficient vehicles, and $238 million to help clean up Chesapeake Bay.
The bipartisan infrastructure bill includes a minimum $100 million to help provide high-speed internet across the Commonwealth. This comes on the heels of Governor Ralph Northam’s investment of an additional $700 million in American Rescue Plan funds to expedite universal high-speed internet coverage to 2024.
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 228 to 206.