US House Passes $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Bill

November 8, 2021

The bipartisan bill, which passed the Senate in August, contains many provisions of interest to cities, including funds for transportation, broadband, water, and more.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, HR 3684, on Nov. 5 by a vote of 228-206. President Biden is expected to approve the package, which will provide funding over eight years for roads, bridges, transit, and waterways, among other infrastructure.

The Senate passed the bill in August. The House vote came after months of negotiations, with the bill’s fate being tied to the larger Build Back Better Act social spending package. Congress will move forward with that bill once it can be scored by the Congressional Budget Office.

Provisions of interest to cities

The bill, which contains more than $550 billion in new spending, will help address a sizeable backlog in infrastructure needs. This includes an estimated $4.5 billion for the state of Minnesota to address highway needs, $818 million for public transportation, $680 million over five years to improve water infrastructure, $302 million for bridge replacement and repairs, and access to $100 million in broadband funding.

Some of the bill’s provisions of interest to cities include:

  • $110 billion for roads, bridges, and other needs across the country (including $40 billion for bridge repair, replacement, and rehabilitation, and $17.5 billion for major projects).
  • $73 billion for the country’s electric grid and power structures.
  • $66 billion for rail services.
  • $65 billion for broadband.
  • $55 billion for water infrastructure.
  • $21 billion for environmental remediation.
  • $47 billion for flooding and coastal resiliency as well as “climate resiliency,” including protections against fires.
  • $39 billion to modernize transit, which is the largest federal investment in public transit in history, according to the White House.
  • $25 billion for airports.
  • $17 billion for port infrastructure.
  • $11 billion for transportation safety programs.
  • $7.5 billion for electric vehicles and EV charging.
  • $2.5 billion for zero-emission buses, and $2.5 billion for low-emission buses.
  • $2.5 billion for ferries.

Much-needed investment

The bill is being lauded as a once-in-a-generation investment in infrastructure. It is a welcome development for many Minnesota cities that stand ready to partner with the state and federal government on strengthening and maintaining our critical infrastructure.

The League will continue to inform cities about the funding details of the bill as more information becomes available. The League will also continue to advocate on other federal priorities that are being discussed as a part of the Build Back Better Act, including federal investments in housing and workforce development.

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