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FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Celebrates Historic Progress in Rebuilding America Ahead of Two-Year Anniversary of Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

November 09, 2023

Nearly $400 billion in funding and over 40,000 projects across 4,500 communities announced across the country through Bidenomics and President Biden's Investing in America agenda

Two years ago, President Biden signed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law – a once-in-a-generation investment in America's infrastructure and competitiveness. Since then, the Biden-Harris Administration has been breaking ground on projects to rebuild our roads and bridges, deliver clean and safe water, clean up legacy pollution, expand access to high-speed internet, and build a clean energy economy. Through his Investing in America agenda, a core pillar of Bidenomics, President Biden is delivering an "Infrastructure Decade" that is unlocking access to economic opportunity, creating good-paying jobs, boosting domestic manufacturing, and growing America's economy from the middle up and bottom out – not the top-down.

To date, the Administration has announced nearly $400 billion in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding, including over 40,000 specific projects and awards, across over 4,500 communities in all 50 states, D.C the territories, and for Tribes. This comes as House Republicans are turning their backs on American infrastructure - trying to slash funding that would make our transportation safer, more reliable, and more convenient.

To highlight the wide-ranging impact of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the White House is also releasing updated state by state fact sheets today, along with an updated map showcasing the more than 40,000 projects and awards identified or now underway.

Implementation of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is a key piece of President Biden's Investing in America agenda, which has helped drive over $614 billion dollars in private sector manufacturing and clean energy investments in the United States since President Biden took office. In particular, there have been major new private sector manufacturing announcements in electric vehicle (EV) charging, EV batteries, rail, buses, and fiberoptic cable manufacturing spurred by infrastructure investments tied to our Made in America policies. These investments are creating millions of good-paying jobs, including a record-high number of jobs in the construction sector. Thanks to the President's Investing in America agenda — which also includes the Inflation Reduction Act, the CHIPS and Science Act, and the American Rescue Plan — the Biden-Harris Administration is boosting the economy and delivering for all of America.

HISTORIC PROGRESS BY THE NUMBERS

Thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Administration has already:

  • Enabled more than 21 million low-income households to access free or discounted high-speed internet service through the Affordable Connectivity Program;
  • Started improvements on 135,800 miles of roads and launched over 7,800 bridge repair projects, increasing safety and reconnecting communities across the country;
  • Provided funding to deploy over 2,900 low-and zero-emission American-made transit buses, doubling their number on America's roadways, and funded approximately 2,400 clean school buses;
  • Delivered funding for 445 port and waterway projects to strengthen supply chains, speed up the movement of goods, lower costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Deployed investments in over 190 airport terminal projects to modernize and expand terminals—18 of which are under construction and 8 more that are complete;
  • Launched seven world-class Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs with $50 billion of public and private sector investment, a historic leap forward in growing the clean energy economy across the nation;
  • Launched over 2,300 projects to help communities build resilience to threats such as the impacts of climate change and cyber-attacks;
  • Financed over 1,200 drinking water and wastewater projects across the country, including projects that will replace hundreds of thousands of lead service lines;
  • Removed hazardous fuel material from 8.7 million acres of land through the Infrastructure Law and other sources to protect communities from wildfires;
  • Funded nearly 400 projects for water recycling, storage, conservation, desalination, and other purposes to improve drought resilience across the West;
  • Provided funding to over 100 states, tribes, and territories and launched over 60 projects to improve the resilience and reliability of America's electric grid and deliver cheaper and cleaner electricity—representing the largest single investment in electric transmission and distribution infrastructure in the history of the United States;
  • Plugged over 6,000 orphaned oil and gas wells to address legacy pollution; and
  • Awarded funding to 70 previously unfunded Superfund projects, clearing a longstanding backlog of projects to clean up contaminated sites and advance environmental justice.

To highlight this progress and to connect with communities across the country, the President, Vice President, Cabinet, and senior Administration officials have taken nearly 400 trips across the nation specifically highlighting investments from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Senior Advisor to the President and White House Infrastructure Implementation Coordinator Mitch Landrieu has traveled to over 130 cities and counties and traveled over 110,000 miles.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS ACROSS KEY SECTORS

The Biden-Harris Administration has made notable progress implementing the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law across key sectors:

  • Roads & Bridges: The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law invests over $300 billion in repairing and rebuilding America's roads and bridges – the largest investment since President Eisenhower's investment in the interstate highway system. This funding is already improving safety, strengthening supply chains, and reconnecting communities across the country. To date, the Biden-Harris Administration has launched over 7,800 bridge repair projects. In addition, since President Biden took office, improvements have started on 135,800 miles of roads thanks to funding provided by the Department of Transportation. This includes the Brent Spence Bridge project in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Covington, Kentucky, which received over $1.6 billion and is expected to begin construction in the Spring of 2024. The Brent Spence Bridge project will upgrade the existing bridge and build a new bridge dedicated to interstate drivers to improve traffic along a critical freight route from Canada to Florida.
  • Rail: The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law invests $66 billion for rail, the largest investment in passenger rail since the inception of Amtrak and an unprecedented investment in rail safety. Since President Biden took office, Amtrak has upgraded 29 stations to full Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance, and 30 more stations will be made accessible in the next year, to ensure that all passengers can access Amtrak service. President Biden also recently announced $16.4 billion for 25 passenger rail projects on the Northeast Corridor to repair aging infrastructure, reducing delays and improving reliability and speed. This includes the Hudson River Tunnel in New York, where the Biden Administration has committed $11 billion to build a new tunnel to serve the 200,000 daily passengers between New York and New Jersey; and the Frederick Douglass Tunnel in Baltimore, which will replace a 150-year old tunnel and will create good-paying union jobs to do so. On the national network, the Department of Transportation has made another $4.6 billion available through the Fed-State National Program to expand rail service outside of the Northeast Corridor. Another $1.4 billion has been awarded for 70 freight and passenger rail projects, which will improve safety and benefit the supply chain on our nation's rail. In addition, earlier this year the Department of Transportation announced funding for projects that will improve safety and ease of access for 400 at-grade rail crossings in 32 states.
  • Airports: The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law invests $25 billion to modernize and upgrade airports and air traffic facilities nationwide, improving passenger experience through expanding capacity, increasing accessibility, and reducing delays. To date, the Biden-Harris Administration has awarded nearly $2 billion through the Airport Terminal Program to over 190 airport terminal projects across 48 states, Puerto Rico and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas. Of these awards, eight projects are now complete— like the Boston Logan International Airport, where upgrades to expand, increase accessibility, and increase sustainability in the international terminal were completed this year. Sixty-seven of these projects are in construction— like the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, where construction is underway to upgrade and modernize the 40-year-old Concourse D. Through the Airport Infrastructure Grants Program, the Biden-Harris Administration has announced 535 grants for airport pavement projects. Of those, 110 projects are under construction and 18 have already been completed.
  • Ports and Waterways: The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law invests $17 billion to upgrade our nation's ports and waterways. The Department of Transportation and Army Corps of Engineers have together funded 445 port and waterway projects to strengthen supply chain reliability, speed up the movement of goods, reduce costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Major projects are already under construction, including at Montgomery Locks and Dam in Pennsylvania and Soo Locks in Michigan, which received a combined $1.55 billion to modernize and expand aging locks on key rivers that are lynchpins of national supply chains, keeping critical goods flowing and lowering costs for families.
  • Transit and School Buses: The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law makes the largest investment in public transit ever, at nearly $90 billion – including billions to electrify or upgrade our bus, transit rail, and ferry fleets. To date, the Biden-Harris Administration has funded over 2,900 low- and zero- emission transit buses through the Department of Transportation and approximately 2,400 clean school buses through the Environmental Protection Agency. Through the Capital Investment Grant program, the Administration is funding long-awaited capital projects – like the Mill Plains BRT in Vancouver, WA, that provides fast, reliable transit service, and which opened earlier this year; or the Phoenix Northwest Light Rail Extension, currently under construction, that will transport nearly 2 million Phoenix residents to new stations and employ transit-oriented development to develop new housing and retail along this route.
  • Electric Vehicle Charging, EV Batteries & Critical Materials: The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law makes the largest federal investment in EV charging with $7.5 billion in available funding. To date, almost $2.4 billion in funding has gone to states, and construction is underway to build out a network of chargers along our highways. Thanks to these investments, the number of publicly available charging ports on America's roads has surpassed 161,000, nearly a 70% increase since President Biden took office. In addition, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law invests over $7 billion to support the domestic manufacturing of batteries and the extraction, refinement, and processing of the critical materials that power them. This investment, paired with the tax credits in the Inflation Reduction Act, will help accelerate our electric vehicle future, strengthen U.S. supply chains, and create good-paying jobs across the country. Four companies that received funding for battery manufacturing have broken ground, including Cirba Solutions in Lancaster, OH, which is upgrading their existing lithium-ion recycling facility, and Group14 Technologies in Washington, which is developing a commercial-scale modular manufacturing facility that will reduce battery costs and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Clean Water: The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law invests over $50 billion for the largest upgrade to the nation's water infrastructure in history. This funding places us on a path to replace 100% of lead service lines in America and works to close the wastewater gap for 2 million people who lack basic sanitation. These funds have already financed over 1,200 drinking and wastewater projects across the country. This includes projects that will replace hundreds of thousands of lead service lines, and 651 projects that will build sanitation facilities for Tribal communities that lack wastewater services. To date, EPA has awarded over $11 billion in clean water investments from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law under the State Revolving Funds, and at least 49% of this funding will go to disadvantaged communities. Major clean water projects under construction include the Arkansas Valley Conduit in Colorado and the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System in Minnesota, South Dakota, and Iowa, which received a combined $302 million to build water pipelines that will deliver clean water to over 350,000 people.
  • High-Speed Internet: The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law invests $65 billion to help ensure that every American has access to affordable, reliable high-speed internet—regardless of their income, race, religion, or zip code. The Affordable Connectivity Program is already saving more than 21 million households up to $30 a month on their internet bills, and more households enroll every day. The Administration is urging Congress to provide additional funding for this program so that low-income seniors, students, and families can continue to receive free and discounted internet service through 2024. In June, the Biden-Harris Administration announced over $40 billion in funding allocations to each U.S. state, territory, and D.C. for affordable, reliable high-speed Internet infrastructure. This funding comes atop $1 billion for middle-mile infrastructure, which will build more than 12,000 miles of fiber across 250 counties, and $2 billion for rural high-speed internet, with 121 awards going to 36 states across the country. In Missouri, Michigan, and Mississippi, construction is already underway on projects funded by the Department of Agriculture's ReConnect Program. These projects, funded with $28 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, will connect 7,100 people, 660 farms, and 149 businesses directly to fiber networks. Commerce has also awarded 148 Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program (TBCP) grants, totaling more than $886 million, and serving over 280 Tribal Governments, which will connect more than 65,000 Tribal households. Together, these investments mirror federal government's historic investment in rural electrification during the 1930s, when the US connected nearly every home and farm in America to electricity and millions of families and our economy reaped the benefits.
  • Modernizing the Grid and Deploying Clean Energy: The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law includes more than $62 billion in funding at the Department of Energy to advance our clean energy future by investing in clean energy demonstration and deployment projects, developing new technologies, and modernizing our power grid. This includes an investment of over $20 billion to upgrade the nation's grid—a critical component to achieve President Biden's goal of delivering 100% clean electricity by 2035. To date, the Department of Energy has announced over $5.5 billion in funding for over 60 projects and provided funding to over 100 states, tribes, and territories to improve the resilience and reliability of America's grid. The Department of Energy has also announced $7 billion to launch seven regional clean hydrogen hubs to produce clean hydrogen for energy intensive sectors like industrial manufacturing and heavy-duty shipping.
  • Superfunds and Brownfields Cleanup: The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law invests over $5 billion for Superfund sites and Brownfield projects to restore the health and economic vitality of communities that have been exposed to legacy pollution for far too long. The Environmental Protection Agency has already awarded $2.5 billion of this funding, including awards for 70 Superfund projects that had not previously received funding, clearing the longstanding backlog. The EPA has also awarded 326 grants to communities to assess and clean up brownfields and restore these sites to hubs of economic growth. This year, 76% of Superfund funding went to communities with potential environmental justice concerns.
  • Orphaned Wells and Abandoned Mine Lands: Orphaned oil and gas wells and abandoned coal mines left behind by industry continue to pollute millions of Americans' air and water with methane and hazardous waste. Through a total investment of $16 billion from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, projects are already completing cleanup efforts at these sites across the country. The Department of the Interior has awarded nearly $700 million to states and Tribes for plugging orphaned wells and $729 million for remediating abandoned mine lands. These investments are expected to contribute an additional $2 billion to the economy and support over 16,000 jobs reducing the harmful methane emissions and hazardous pollution from these sites in communities once dependent on the oil and gas industry. With this funding, over 6,000 wells have been plugged so far, with tens of thousands more to be plugged using Infrastructure Law funding.
  • Resilience: The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law invests over $50 billion in an "all hazards" approach to protect our infrastructure and communities from physical, climate, and cybersecurity-related threats. To date, the Administration has funded over 2,300 projects to build resilience to these threats. That includes protecting communities from wildfires by removing flammable materials from 8.7 million of acres of land to date through the Infrastructure Law and other sources. The Department of the Interior has awarded $2.7 billion in funding for 384 water infrastructure and conservation projects to advance drought resilience in the West. This includes $118 million from the Infrastructure Law awarded to the Gila River Indian Community, which has broken ground on a project to use reclaimed water for its agriculture, conserving a critical 200,000 acre-feet of water to help alleviate the drought in the Colorado River Basin. The Army Corps of Engineers has invested $4.4 billion for 277 resilience projects, FEMA has invested $800 million for 540 projects, and the Department of Transportation has allocated nearly $4.3 billion to protect our roads and bridges from climate impacts.

MAKING SURE NO COMMUNITY IS LEFT BEHIND

The President is committed to rebuilding the infrastructure of the entire country, leaving no community behind as we do so:

  • Helping Non-Federal Partners Unlock Funding Opportunities: States and territories have appointed over 50 Infrastructure Coordinators to facilitate clear communication, collaboration, and communication with the federal government and ensure that all communities can access federal funding in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The White House recently released an updated Technical Assistance Guide that will help state, local, Tribal and territorial governments and other nongovernmental partners unlock the funding in President Biden's Investing in America agenda. The updated technical assistance guide builds on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law's Guidebook, Rural Playbook, and Tribal Playbook, and highlights resources that help communities navigate programs and tools that can help them deliver infrastructure, clean energy, and climate resilience projects. These resources complement the place-based technical assistance that the Administration is providing through the Thriving Communities Network and Rural Partners Network. The Thriving Communities Network aims to deploy a full range of Federal place-based technical assistance and capacity-building resources to urban, rural, and Tribal communities experiencing economic distress and a history of systematic disinvestment, and the Rural Partners Network is an all-of-government program that helps rural communities find resources and funding to create jobs, build infrastructure, and support long-term economic stability on their own terms.
  • Investing in Rural America: Through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Biden-Harris Administration is making record investments in our rural infrastructure to ensure that rural Americans have every opportunity to succeed and that no one has to leave home to find economic opportunity. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has invested billions of dollars in rural communities across the country—delivering affordable high-speed internet, safe roads and bridges, modern wastewater systems, clean drinking water, reliable and affordable electricity, and good paying jobs in every rural community. Bipartisan Infrastructure Law-funded projects to expand high-speed internet access through the Department of Agriculture's ReConnect Program are already underway in rural communities. The Department of Transportation's ROUTES Initiative, codified in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, supports rural communities interested in improving their transportation networks to make sure rural families can get where they need to go safely, including through a $4.58 billion investment in Rural Area Formula Grants. This program is supporting 1,300 rural transit systems by enabling them to purchase transit vehicles and infrastructure, plan transit more effectively, and fund operations. And the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law's transformative investment of over $50 billion in our water and wastewater infrastructure is fundamentally changing the quality of life for millions of people in rural America by breaking ground on projects to eliminate lead pipes, provide critical access to sanitation, ensure access to clean drinking water, and reduce drought.
  • Delivering for Tribal Communities: The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides more than $13 billion directly to Tribal communities and makes Tribes eligible to apply for or request billions in additional funding. In total, this funding represents the single largest investment in Tribal infrastructure ever. For example, the Department of the Interior, in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Denali Commission, has launched a voluntary community-driven relocation program, with an initial commitment of over $135 million to assist Tribal communities severely impacted by climate-related environmental threats. Additionally, the Department of Transportation has awarded more than $462 million in discretionary funding going directly to Tribes in 28 states with a total of 247 grant awards to improve transportation on Tribal lands. This program is one of the first designed to coordinate closely with community leaders to help begin the process of relocating crucial community infrastructure away from imminent threats and build long-term resilience to climate impacts.
  • Advancing Environmental Justice: The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is delivering clean air, clean water, and equitable access to opportunity for disadvantaged communities that have been overburdened by pollution and marginalized by underinvestment for far too long. Over 180 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law programs are included under President Biden's Justice40 Initiative, which commits to delivering 40% of overall benefits of certain federal climate, clean energy, and other investments to disadvantaged communities. And many investments surpass this mark – at least 49% of funding for clean drinking water and lead pipe replacement must go to disadvantaged communities, 76% of funding for Superfund sites this year went to construction work in communities with potential environmental justice concerns, and 86% of Brownfields grants went to disadvantaged communities. In addition, approximately 98% of funding for clean school buses has gone to prioritized school districts (including low-income communities) to reduce roadway air pollution for children and families, and the Army Corps of Engineers has invested $1.3 billion in projects that will make disadvantaged communities more resilient to flooding and the impacts of climate change.
  • Economic Development for Distressed Communities: The Bipartisan infrastructure Law roughly doubled the amount of funding available to six regional commissions over five years. These commissions promote rural vitality by investing in community capacity and spurring economic development in hundreds of distressed counties across the United States, from the Alabama Black Belt to the remote, rural communities of Northern Maine. For example, the Appalachian Regional Commission has invested more than $5 million to rebuild water and sewage infrastructure after the July 2022 flooding in eastern Kentucky that damaged and destroyed more than 9,000 homes. In addition, the Department of Transportation recently opened applications for more than $3 billion to reconnect communities that have been cut off from economic opportunity by highways, rail lines, or other transportation infrastructure, part of the $4 billion Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhoods Program.
  • Lowering Costs for Families: Through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Biden-Harris Administration is lowering everyday costs for the American people. The Affordable Connectivity Program is already saving more than 21 million households $30 per month on their internet bill. The Department of Health and Human Services has provided $300 million through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to lower energy costs for families, saving households an average of nearly $1,000 on their energy bills annually. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has also provided $3.5 billion for the Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program to reduce energy costs for low-income households by increasing the energy efficiency of their homes, while ensuring their health and safety. To-date, Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding has been used to complete the weatherization of over 3,000 dwelling units, and over 220,000 more are expected to be weatherized over the coming years, supporting clean energy jobs and saving households hundreds of dollars every year on average.

Joseph R. Biden, FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Celebrates Historic Progress in Rebuilding America Ahead of Two-Year Anniversary of Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/367609

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