Crist Votes For Historic Infrastructure Package to Create Jobs Rebuilding Florida’s Crumbling Infrastructure

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Charlie Crist released the following statement after House passage of H.R. 3684, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a massive bipartisan infrastructure bill that includes $550 billion in new federal investments to rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure. The bill will repair roads and bridges, create millions of good-paying jobs, make high-speed internet accessible for all Americans, safeguard clean drinking water, and help combat the climate crisis. The legislation now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

“Robust investment in America’s crumbling infrastructure — safeguarding our drinking water, repairing our roads and bridges, upgrading our ports – is long overdue,” said Rep. Crist. “With this blockbuster bill, we’re creating millions of good-paying jobs, investing in Florida’s future, and Building Back Better. This historic, bipartisan bill will also deliver new infrastructure for the 21st century: high-speed rail, solar-powered mass transit, and other innovations that will reduce traffic and protect the environment. It’s about delivering tangible results that will benefit day-to-day life for all Americans.”

Specifically, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes:

  • A historic $110 billion investment in America’s crumbling roads and bridges, including the largest dedicated bridge investment since the construction of the interstate highway system;
  • The largest investment in clean drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in American history, replacing lead pipes and addressing dangerous PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl) chemicals;
  • $65 billion to make reliable high-speed internet available for every American;
  • $39 billion to modernize public transit and improve accessibility for seniors and individuals with disabilities;
  • The largest investment in clean energy transmission and electric vehicle infrastructure in history to help combat the climate crisis.

For Florida, this legislation will provide:

  • Nearly $16 billion in state formula funds for highways, bridges, and transit over the next five years, including:
    • $13.1 billion for highways;
    • $245 million for bridge replacement and repairs; and
    • $2.6 billion for public transit;
  • $198 million over the next five years to expand electric vehicle charging infrastructure;
  • $1.2 billion over the next five years for airport infrastructure;
  • $100 million for broadband coverage, including providing access to the more than 700,000 Floridians who currently lack it;
  • $26 million over five years to protect against wildfires;
  • $29 million over five years to protect against cyberattacks; and
  • $1.6 billion over five years to improve drinking water infrastructure.

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