President Joe Biden Signs Nevada State AFL-CIO-endorsed Infrastructure Bill Into Law
Las Vegas, Nev.— Today, President Joe Biden signs the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684) into law. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen, as well as 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.
“During his campaign, President Joe Biden promised to be a leader for the labor movement and to put our union brothers and sisters first. He promised to be the most pro-union president in history — and by signing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law, he is doing just that,”said Susie Martinez, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Nevada State AFL-CIO. “This bill will bring billions of dollars to our state and create more than 140,000 jobs — putting Nevadans to work and allowing them to see the union difference for themselves with better wages, benefits, and working conditions. President Biden is a lifelong supporter of workers and is once again standing with the labor movement by supporting this legislation and signing this bill into law. Next stop: the Build Back Better Act!”
“This bill is a historic investment in Nevada’s working people and families, generating union jobs in every single part of our state. These jobs will be held to critical labor standards that our movement has secured over decades of work and that we fight for every day,” Rob Benner, Secretary-Treasurer of Northern Nevada Central Labor Council, said. “Our senators and congresspeople who supported this bill have proven that they will put Nevada’s workers, jobs, and economy first. We’ve waited long enough for recovery. It’s time for our state to build back better.”
“Nevada’s union workers spend their days striving to create a better Nevada, building the roads, bridges, hotels, resorts, power grids, waterways, and more that keep our state functioning,” Beverly Williams, Secretary-Treasurer of the Southern Nevada Central Labor Council, said. “This bill is the next step in our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and would bring valuable investments in our infrastructure home to Nevada while putting hundreds of thousands of Nevadans to work in good-paying union jobs.”
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.