House Dems push for quick allocation of federal infrastructure dollars
HAMTRAMCK, Mich., Nov. 17, 2021 — Today, President Joe Biden visited Michigan to celebrate the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a federal spending plan that will bring billions of dollars to Michigan to put toward improving communities across the state. Unfortunately, the Republican-led Legislature has still neglected to appropriate federal COVID-19 relief funding from December 2020 and March 2021.
“This monumental investment in our aging infrastructure is a win for Michiganders,” said House Democratic Leader Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Township). “This move will make a lasting impact for generations to come by both creating jobs and revitalizing our roads, bridges and dams. Biden is doing his part by delivering these resources, now it is up to us to act with urgency to put this money to work. Michiganders demand and deserve clean drinking water, highspeed internet, and a fast transition to the new EV economy.”
Biden toured GM’s Factory Zero, which has been retooled to build electric vehicles (EVs), including the new Hummer electric pickup truck. In addition to investments in EV infrastructure like building more charging stations, the federal infrastructure bill would send Michigan billions of dollars for road and bridge repairs, expanding affordable high-speed internet, protecting the Great Lakes, cleaning up drinking water systems by removing lead pipes, and much more.
“Michigan put the world on wheels, and with GM’s commitment to EVs, along with other investments across the state, Michigan remains the global leader in mobility,” said state Rep. Abraham Aiyash (D-Detroit), in whose district Factory Zero is located. “By allocating these federal infrastructure dollars quickly, we can create the 21st-century infrastructure we need to attract more investments to our state, help companies large and small create good-paying jobs, and make our communities like Detroit and Hamtramck better places to live, work and raise a family.”