NEW YORK — U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado held a town hall Tuesday to discuss the recently passed $1.2 trillion infrastructure package.
Delgado held a virtual town hall where he discussed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which was passed Monday.
“Incredible news, the bipartisan infrastructure investment and jobs act, the largest infrastructure investment in our history, was signed into law,” Delgado said. “This bill will deliver safe roads, bridges, clean water, broadband and more to upstate communities.”
The infrastructure package is expected to create an estimated 650,000 jobs and it will not raise taxes, Delgado said. The infrastructure package invests over $100 billion in roads, bridges and major projects, he said.
“New York has 1,702 bridges and over 292 miles of New York highway that are in poor condition,” Delgado said.
Commute times have increased by 7.4% since 2011, Delgado said. On average each driver pays $625 a year in costs from driving on roads in need of repair.
The infrastructure package also includes money for clean water. In the United States, up to 10 million households and more than 400,000 schools and child care centers are without safe drinking water, Delgado said.
“The bipartisan infrastructure bill will invest around $55 billion to ensure clean drinking water and improve waste water infrastructure,” Delgado said. “This includes funding for lead pipe replacement and funding to address PFAS contamination. I’m proud that my ability to clean water for Rural America Act was included in this infrastructure bill.”
Delgado also talked about supply chain issues facing the country.
“Consumer confidence is up,” Delgado said. “Families are buying more goods than ever but our supply chain cannot keep up. This historic infrastructure investment will fix our roads and bridges, strengthen our ports and airports and ensure products are getting where they need to go.
More than 1 million New York households are currently without broadband, Delgado said.
“New York-19, my district, our district, is the eighth most rural congressional district in the country,” Delgado said. “Obviously we are hurting when it comes to broadband.”
No American should be going without broadband in the 21st century, Delgado said.
The infrastructure package also includes provisions for improving limousine safety Delgado said. In 2018 the Schoharie limousine crash killed 20 people. Delgado said families suffering from that loss have been working to strengthen safety guidelines, such as requiring stated to implement an annual inspection program for commercial passenger carrying vehicles and requiring limousines to have safety belts.
“I want to thank all of the families that have worked tirelessly to fight for this change which is now the law of the land,” Delgado said.