Thank Your Members of Congress for Passing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
Thank your Representatives for voting for IIJA!
On November 5th, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3684, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) on a vote of 228 to 206. The IIJA is a once-in-a-generation investment in our roads, bridges, water and wastewater networks, ports, electric grid, dams, and more.
The $1.2 trillion bipartisan legislation includes a reauthorization of our surface transportation programs, the Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act, as well as an additional $550 billion in new spending that is a combination of targeted funds for overdue state of good repair projects, but also forward-looking programs and policy to make our infrastructure more resilient. IIJA was previously approved in the Senate by an overwhelming vote of 69-30 and now goes to the President for his signature, which is expected.
No legislation is perfect, but this reflects a hard-fought compromise agreement and a show of commitment from Congress to make a significant down-payment on America’s physical infrastructure assets, and to give local communities the flexibility they need to design solutions for today’s complex challenges.
The IIJA is 2,700 pages dedicated to physical infrastructure. Read ASCE’s issue memo to see some of the details. Just a few of the highlights include:
- More than 45,000 of the nation’s bridges are rated in poor condition and the legislation includes $40 billion for bridge repairs.
- There is $39 billion set aside to invest in the nation’s transit systems, increasing funding by 43 percent, from levels authorized under the FAST Act.
- $55 billion to upgrade water infrastructure, pinpoint leaks, and replace lead service lines throughout the country.
- $73 billion to modernize the electric grid and make it more resilient, including investments in new transmission lines.
- $65 billion towards expanding broadband internet access and closing the digital divide in rural communities.
- $42 billion to modernize outdated and congested airports, waterways, and port infrastructure.
- $21 billion in environmental remediation to address hazardous waste sites including Superfund and brownfield sites.
- $759 million for dam safety and repairing high-hazard dams
- Funding for NOAA to update their rainfall data for the first time since the 1960s so that infrastructure owners can design assets such as dams and levees based on current weather patterns
- $50 billion to make communities safer and more resilient to the impacts of climate change and cyber-attacks. Funding will be provided to protect against droughts and floods, in addition to a major investment in weatherization. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is the largest investment in the resilience of physical and natural systems in American history.
- And much, much more.
Recognizing this historic achievement in today’s political climate, please take a moment to send your Members of Congress a thank you email. You can look up how your Representative here. Our advocacy software system will pull up if your Representative voted in favor of IIJA when you put in your voting address.
In the coming months, we will be rolling out a host of resources exclusively for ASCE members as the legislation is enacted and implementation begins. ASCE Government Relations staff will ensure that you have up-to-the-minute information on coming funding opportunities and regulatory changes. Join the Key Contact program today to ensure you’re ready.