Biden’s $2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

President Biden announced his infrastructure plan the “American Jobs Plan” on March 31 and detailed his plan to secure American’s future and to win the race against China. The “American Jobs Plan” like the “American Rescue Plan” will have a price tag of $2 trillion dollars with billions being spent on various structures all over the United States. According to the statements released by the White House, they are planning to fix highways, rebuild bridges, upgrade ports, airports, and transit systems,  while delivering clean drinking water, a renewed electric grid, and high-speed broadband to all Americans, and solidify the infrastructure of our care economy by creating jobs and raising wages and benefits for essential home care workers, and many more which will last for 8 years. The plan includes modernizing 20,000 miles of highways, roads, and main-streets and fixing the ten most economically significant bridges in the country along with 10,000 smaller bridges costing $115 billion. Hundreds of stations, airports, transit, ports, and railroads will be repaired and improved. It will cost $85 billion for public transit, $80 billion for Amtrak and freight rail, $42 billion for ports and airports, and $100 billion for broadband. Broadband is a connection to the internet allowing for communication and transfer of information, which will further improve around the country and especially for people in rural areas. The plan also includes $111 billion for water infrastructure with $45 billion being spent on eliminating all lead pipes, which will improve the health of children and further improve the living conditions for communities of color as they widely employ lead pipes to this day. President Biden announced plan to eliminate lead pipes as helping children from poisonous effects, “American jobs plan will put plumbers and pipefitters to work, replacing one-hundred percent of the nation’s lead pipes and service lines so every American, every child can turn on a faucet or a fountain and drink clean water.” President Biden also introduced his plan of $174 billion to advance the EV market in the United States through enabling manufacturers to gather materials and create batteries in the United States. The EV market plan also includes giving consumers point of sale rebates and tax incentives to buy American-made EVs for affordable prices, and establishing a national network of 500,000 EV charge stations by 2030 through incentives and grants for local government and private sectors. The “American Jobs Plan” is also aimed at battling against climate change which has brought on 22 extreme weather and climate-related disasters costing nearly $100 billion according to the statement released by the White House. On April 2, President Biden spoke on the potential jobs created by the plan, “Independent analysis shows that if we pass this plan the economy will create 19 million jobs.” President Biden was referring to Moody’s Analytics report, however, a report by Georgetown University found that the “American Jobs Plan,” “Would create or save 15 million jobs over 10 years and would increase the share of infrastructure jobs from 11% to 14% of all jobs in this country, temporarily reviving the blue-collar economy.” As President Biden is scrambling to enact his agenda, United States Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg threw this support on the plan as a pathway forward in paying for all the necessary improvements on infrastructure, “But this package as it stands is the president’s vision. And we’re open to ideas. We’ll hear what other folks have to say, but what we know is we can’t afford to go on like we’ve been going on. To just somehow accept our deteriorating infrastructure or to say we’ll get around to broadband someday in the future. That’s not going to cut it.” With Republican lawmakers already sounding the alarm that the “American Jobs Plan” is a Green New Deal, many Republicans came out in opposition to the plan while the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi wants a vote in the House by summer.

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