Statement from Nancy DiNardo, CT Democratic Chair, on last night’s passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal: “We couldn’t be more proud of our Congressional delegation for joining a bi-partisan majority to support a once-in-a-generation investment that will lower bills for health care, child care, prescription drugs and preschool, give families a tax cut, and make much-needed improvements to roads and highways, bridges and transit, drinking water systems and broadband. President Biden promised to work across the aisle to forge consensus, and he delivered. Thanks to his efforts, and our dedicated Congressional delegation, our country will be ready to compete and win in the 21st century.”
Based on funding formula alone, the state of Connecticut would expect to receive:
- $3.5 billion to improve highways and $561 million for bridge replacement and repairs over five years.
- $1.3 billion over five years to improve public transportation options across the state.
- $53 million over five years to support the expansion of an EV charging network in the state.Connecticut will also have the opportunity to apply for the $2.5 billion in grant funding dedicated to EV charging in the bill.
- A minimum of $100 million to help provide broadband coverage across the state, including providing access to the at least 27,000 Connecticut residents who currently lack it. 654,000 or 18.7% of people in Connecticut will also be eligible for the Affordability Connectivity Benefit, which will help low-income families afford internet access.
- $445 million over five years to improve water infrastructure across the state and ensure that clean, safe drinking water is a right in all communities.
- $13 million to protect against cyberattacks.
- $62 million over five years to improve Connecticut’s airports.