Statement from Mayor Bowser on the Signing of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
“We thank and applaud President Biden, Vice President Harris, Senate Majority Leader Schumer, and House Speaker Pelosi for delivering a once-in-a-generation investment that will not only transform our nation’s infrastructure, but create millions of good-paying jobs and give more Americans a fair shot. By selecting a former mayor, Mitch Landrieu, to oversee these significant investments, the Biden Administration is also recognizing the important role city leaders will play in mobilizing the funds and realizing our shared goals.
“Just a few weeks ago, we opened the new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge here in DC. Building the bridge has put hundreds of DC residents to work and created millions of dollars in contracting opportunities for local businesses. In addition, we delivered a sustainable, world-class bridge that is making travel through our city and region safer for everyone who passes over it. With the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, we can replicate this model to build a stronger, more resilient Washington, DC and put more residents on pathways to the middle class. We can turn the climate crisis into an opportunity to reimagine and rebuild aging infrastructure and take on our greatest challenges in transportation – including at regional hubs like Union Station and with our roads and bridges, housing and clean water access, internet access and cybersecurity, and so much more.
“The Biden Administration has delivered a transformational investment in the future of America. Now, we call on Congress to take quick action on the Build Back Better Act to fully realize the Administration’s vision to protect and rebuild the middle class while building a stronger, more sustainable nation.”