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Wexton Votes to Pass Historic Bipartisan Bill to Repair and Rebuild America’s Infrastructure

Washington, DC -- Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) voted to pass a historic bipartisan deal that will repair and rebuild the nation’s infrastructure to improve the everyday lives of Virginia families. This once-in-a-generation investment in infrastructure will grow our economy, create good jobs, and make our country more competitive. 

“I’m proud that today we are delivering one of the most significant bipartisan deals in a generation to meet a long-overdue need to repair and rebuild our nation’s crumbling infrastructure,” said Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton. “With this legislation, we will improve the lives and commutes of Virginians by fixing our roads and improving our public transportation as well as making universal broadband a reality so every family can get connected in their own home. These investments will boost our local economy and create good-paying jobs of the future while keeping our country competitive around the globe.”

This Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill will:

  • Rebuild roads and bridges nationwide, including the largest bridge investment since the construction of the interstate highway system seven decades ago;
  • Make historic improvements to public transit, with the largest federal investment in American history and the largest federal investment in passenger rail since the creation of Amtrak;
  • Expand access to reliable high-speed internet to help more families get online to work and learn;
  • Deliver clean drinking water to ten million families and more than 400,000 schools and child care facilities nationwide with the largest-ever investment in American water infrastructure to replace lead pipes and service lines across the nation;
  • Help clean up legacy pollution, which is an important step in advancing environmental justice; and
  • Support action to address the climate crisis, making down-payments on clean energy transmission, a clean and resilient electric grid, electric vehicle infrastructure and more.

The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act also contains key priorities for Virginia’s 10th District. The legislation includes:

  • Reauthorization of federal funding for WMATA at $150 million a year through 2030 and reforms to strengthen WMATA’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and increase oversight and accountability.
  • $5 billion to improve and replace aging air traffic control facilities.
  • Significant investment in modernizing Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor, which will support the Virginia Long Bridge and rail expansion projects.
  • $238 million for Chesapeake Bay restoration and conservation.

Virginia is expected to receive $7 billion for highway programs, $537 million for bridge replacement and repairs, and $1.2 billion to improve public transportation. Additionally, the commonwealth will be allocated a minimum of $100 million to expand broadband access to the at least 473,000 who currently lack coverage. A complete fact sheet on how the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will impact Virginia can be found here.

The bill passed by a bipartisan vote of 228-206 in the House, following a bipartisan vote of 69-30 in the Senate in August.

The full text of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act can be found here.