Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressmen Steven Horsford (NV-04)
November 5, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Steven Horsford (D-NV-04) voted to pass the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a bipartisan infrastructure bill that will create millions of good-paying jobs, invest billions into Nevada’s infrastructure, and address the danger of global warming by making major investments in climate resiliency and clean energy.
“Since the start of the new Congress, I have been focused on rebuilding Nevada’s economy with the good-paying jobs our families deserve. Today, I was proud to vote for a historic infrastructure package that will invest billions in Nevada to create good union jobs, grow our small businesses, and protect our communities from climate change,” said Congressman Steven Horsford. “Together with the Build Back Better Act, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will create a more equitable and just future for all families. Today’s deal to move both packages forward means that transformational change for the American people is on the way.”
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act directs major federal funding to support infrastructure projects in Nevada. According to White House analysis, the bill’s benefits for Nevada include:
- Bridge and Road Repair. Nevada has 28 bridges and over 1,090 miles of highway in poor condition, and commute times have increased nearly eight percent since 2011. The average Nevada driver pays $558 per year due to driving on roads in need of repair. Over five years, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will direct $2.5 billion to Nevada for federal-aid highway apportioned programs and $225 million for bridge replacement and repairs.
- Improving Broadband and Access to High-Speed Internet. Fourteen percent of Nevada households do not have an internet subscription and four percent of Nevadans live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will direct at least $100 million to provide broadband coverage across the state. This investment will provide access to more than 123,800 Nevadans who currently lack it. The legislation will also make 825,000 Nevadans (26 percent of the population) eligible for the Affordability Connectivity Benefit, which helps low-income families afford internet access.
- Preparing Nevada’s Infrastructure for Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events. From 2010 to 2020, Nevada experienced 12 extreme weather events, costing the state up to $1 billion in damages. Las Vegas is the fastest-warming city in the country, and 80 percent of Southern Nevadans in the neighborhoods most impacted by extreme weather are people of color. In August, the federal government declared a historic water shortage at Lake Mead, which will prompt mandatory cuts to Nevada’s water supply. Nevada will benefit from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act’s $3.5 billion national investment in weatherization and will expect to receive $8.6 million over five years to protect against wildfires.
- Improving Public Transit. Nevadans who rely on public transportation spend an extra 134 percent of their time commuting and non-White households are twice as likely to commute via public transportation. Five percent of transit vehicles in the state are past useful life. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will direct $459 million to Nevada over five years to improve public transportation options across the state.
- Protect Clean Drinking Water. Under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Nevada will receive $403 million over five years to improve water infrastructure across the state.
- Preventing Cyberattacks. Nevada’s economy and businesses are increasingly vulnerable to sophisticated cyberattacks. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will deliver $12 million to Nevada to protect against cyberattacks.
- Expanding Electric Vehicle Use. Investing in electric vehicles is critical to the nation’s clean energy future. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act invests $7.5 billion to build out the first-ever national network of electric vehicle chargers in the United States, with the state of Nevada expected to receive $38 million over five years. Strengthening Nevada’s Airports. Under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Nevada will receive approximately $293 million for infrastructure development for airports over five years.
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