Iron County Progressive

 

 



From the Wisconsin AFL-CIO

Wisconsin workers can celebrate as the U.S. Senate has passed a historic bipartisan infrastructure bill designed to transform our infrastructure and create millions of good paying union jobs. This bill will put Americans to work building and upgrading our roads, railways, highspeed internet capabilities, water infrastructure, public transit systems, utilities and more.

The House is expected to return to session next week on August 23.

It is deeply unfortunate that Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson is so out of touch with the needs of Wisconsinites that he voted against the bipartisan infrastructure deal that will bring good-paying jobs to our state and nation. Upgrading our infrastructure is broadly supporting by Americans on both sides of the aisle. Wisconsin recently received a "C" grade in the 2021 American Society of Civil Engineers' infrastructure report card with our roads and public transit individually earning a D+ rating.

Passing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is fundamental to enacting President Biden’s Build Back Better economic agenda designed to boost economic growth, raise wages, tackle climate change, support working families and transform America for the better for generations to come.

The historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes:

  • The largest federal investment in public transit ever.
  • The largest federal investment in passenger rail since the creation of Amtrak.
  • The single 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, delivering clean water to millions of families.
  • Ensuring every American has access to reliable high-speed internet.
  • Investing in clean energy transmission and Electric Vehicle infrastructure; electrifying thousands of school and transit buses across the country; and creating a new Grid Deployment Authority to build a clean, 21st century electric grid.

By investing in local communities across America, we invest in our future, create jobs, and lay the foundation for a better life for all.

In Solidarity,

Stephanie Bloomingdale, President

Dennis Delie, Secretary-Treasurer