Bipartisan Legislation Brings New Resources to California!

CA Transit Gets 9.45 Billon
CA Transit Gets 9.45 Billon

The Oakmont Democratic Club will take a break from holding its December General Meeting. However, we can’t let it go unnoticed that in a year fraught with bad news, Americans can celebrate the passage of President Biden’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The bipartisan support of this bill from Republicans and Democrats shows that our country can work.

As Congressman Mike Thompson put it November 15th “…was an historic day as we take a monumental step forward in rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure, creating jobs and addressing climate change. The bill provides $25.3 billion for highways, $4.2 billion for bridges, and $9.45 billion for transit projects in California. This important funding will be spent in our district to address our local infrastructure and create jobs. Importantly, California will receive an $84 million investment to help mitigate the impact of future fires…”

Here is a partial breakdown of how the Infrastructure funds will help the country:

-deliver clean water to all Americans while eliminating lead service pipes, including to Tribal Nations and disadvantaged communities

-ensure access to reliable high-speed internet. Broadband internet infrastructure is necessary for work, school, access to health care, and to stay connected. This legislation will help close the digital divide so more Americans can afford internet access

-repair and rebuild roads and bridges with a focus on climate change mitigation, resilience, equity, and safety for all users

-improve transportation options for millions and reduce GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions through large investments in public transit (buses, rail cars, stations, track, signals, and power systems). Poorer communities, especially, stand to benefit greatly as they are much more likely to use public transportation. Importantly, the transportation sector of the US is currently the #1 largest single source of GHG emissions, thus addressing this is critical to fighting the climate crisis
-upgrade airports and ports to strengthen our supply chains that have been disrupted and caused inflation as we recover from the pandemic. This upgrade will improve US competition, create jobs, and reduce emissions

-make largest investments in passenger rail service since the creation of Amtrak 50 years ago, by building safe, efficient, and climate-friendly alternatives for moving people and freight

-build a national network of electric vehicle (EV) chargers. This legislation will fight climate change and create jobs

-upgrade power infrastructure to deliver clean, cheap, reliable energy across the US and use advanced technologies to achieve a zero-emissions future

-make infrastructure resilient against climate change. Last year, alone, the US faced 22 extreme weather and climate-related disaster events with total cumulative losses of nearly $100 billion. This legislation makes communities safer and the infrastructure more resilient by investing $50 billion to protect against droughts, heat, floods, and wildfires as well as major investment in weatherization

-provide money to tackle legacy pollution such as cleaning Superfund sites, reclaiming abandoned mines, and capping idle oil and gas wells

Next on Biden’s agenda is Build Back Better. To find out how you can help go to the ODC web page: oakmontdemclub.com

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