Nevada State AFL-CIO Praises Passage of Generational Infrastructure Investments

Las Vegas, Nev.  Today, the House of Representatives voted to pass the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684). Representatives Susie Lee (NV-03), Dina Titus (NV-01), and Steven Horsford (NV-04) all voted to pass this infrastructure bill that will create thousands of good-paying union jobs, provide critical funding to rebuild roads and bridges, and improve and expand rail and public transit systems.

“With the bipartisan Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act, Reps. Susie Lee, Dina Titus, and Steven Horsford stood by our union members in delivering crucial funding for items that we know union members need. This legislation will create millions of good jobs and opportunities that lead to careers in high-paying skilled trades. Jobs with dignity that lead to retirement with dignity,” said Susie Martinez, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Nevada State AFL-CIO. 

“Every dollar invested in Nevada’s infrastructure is an opportunity to put people to work in union jobs that will give them higher pay, better benefits, and a louder voice in the workplace than their non-union counterparts. America’s labor movement fully supports this critical jobs bill, and we are grateful to Reps. Titus, Horsford, and Lee for again delivering for union families.”

BACKGROUND: 

With the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Nevada will receive:

  • $2.5 billion for federal-aid highway apportioned programs and $225 million for bridge replacement and repairs under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act over five years to Nevada.

  • $459 million over five years under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to improve public transportation options across the state.

  • $38 million over five years to support the expansion of an EV charging network in the state. Nevada will also have the opportunity to apply for the $2.5 billion in grant funding dedicated to EV charging in the bill.

  • $100 million to help provide broadband coverage across the state, including providing access to the at least 123,822 Nevadans who currently lack it. And, under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, 825,000 or 26% of people in Nevada will be eligible for the Affordability Connectivity Benefit, which will help low-income families afford internet access. 

  • $403 million over five years to improve water infrastructure across the state and ensure that clean, safe drinking water is a right in all communities.

  • Approximately $293 million for infrastructure development for airports over five years

  • $8.6 million over five years to protect against wildfires and $12 million to protect against cyberattacks. Nevadans will also benefit from the bill’s historic $3.5 billion national investment in weatherization which will reduce energy costs for families.

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