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Connecticut legislators tout infrastructure package

Sen. Chris Murphy talking to reporters in March. (Mark Pazniokas, CTMirror.org)

The House of Representatives passed the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package late Friday.

A statement from U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-Greenwich) explained:

“Today, the House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which will provide approximately $550 billion in new funding. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will provide almost $5.4 billion to the state of Connecticut and will create more than $100 billion in competitive grant programs for which organizations across the state will be eligible to apply.

“This bill has already passed the Senate and will move swiftly to President Biden’s desk to be signed into law. It will finally bring American roads, rail, and bridges into the 21st Century and beyond. The bill includes landmark investment in public transportation, including Amtrak and regional rail, and makes repairs to bridges and highways that are necessary for us to remain competitive in the global economy.  In addition, it will bring safe water, reliable broadband internet, electric vehicle infrastructure, updated ports and waterways, and much more to millions of Americans.”

 

“For decades, Republicans and Democrats in Congress have talked about working together to pass a game changing investment in roads, rail lines, and broadband. Today, we finally did it,” U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said in a statement. “Both houses of Congress passed the biggest bipartisan investment in infrastructure in our nation’s history, an investment that will create new jobs, finally fix our nation’s crumbling infrastructure, and deliver serious cost savings to Americans,” said Murphy. “I was proud to fight for billions of dollars in funding to improve the Northeast Rail Corridor, protect Long Island Sound, and upgrade Coast Guard infrastructure because all of this ultimately leads to job creation in Connecticut.”

The news release from Murphy, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, offered further information:

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes the following wins for Connecticut:

  • $30 billion for the Northeast Rail Corridor: These dollars will fund much needed maintenance and upgrades to Connecticut rail infrastructure, including repair of major bridges and station upgrades;
  • $106 million for EPA Long Island Sound Geographic Program to protect the Long Island Sound watershed
  • $1 billion for FEMA’s Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant, which will help communities become more resilient against natural disasters;
  • $489 million for United States Coast Guard, that includes all the projects in Connecticut;
    • “Failing Steam System Replacement at Coast Guard Academy ($25M)
    • “Chase Hall Renovation at Coast Guard Academy ($28M)
    • “City Pier Improvements in New London ($6M)
  • $3.5 billion for federal-aid highway apportioned programs;
  • “$561 million for bridge replacement and repairs over five years;
  • $1.3 billion over five years to improve public transportation options;
  • $53 million over five years to support the expansion of an EV charging network;
  • “A minimum allocation of $100 million to help provide broadband coverage across the state, including providing access to the at least 27,000 people who currently lack it;
  • 654,000 or 18.7% of people in Connecticut will be eligible for the Affordability Connectivity Benefit.
  • Murphy’s BuyAmerican.gov Act was also included in passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill.
  • TheBuyAmerican.gov Act will establish a centralized online hub to increase transparency and ensure federal agencies prioritize the purchase of American-made goods in compliance with existing law.”

 

The Northeast Rail Corridor funding will enable Connecticut to start to make good on promises to lower the commute time to Manhattan, Murphy said in a video posted to his Facebook page. Connecticut taxpayers won’t have to shoulder the burden alone for major highway projects.

“Democrats claim the bill pays for itself through a multitude of measures and without raising taxes,” CNN reports. “But the Congressional Budget Office brushed aside several of those pay-for provisions, ultimately finding the bill would add $256 billion to the deficit over the next 10 years. It’s significantly smaller than the $2.25 trillion proposal that Biden unveiled in March, known as the American Jobs Plan.”

8 comments

George Orwellian November 6, 2021 at 10:33 am

hmmm, lets see, with inflation and a box of nails at Home Depot going from $ 26 to 33 overnight or lumber rising at the same rate as examples do you really think that the money appropriated for these “projects” will be enough ?

How’s that shutting of the Keystone Pipeline going for ya ?

Very green I say transporting oil by trucks instead of a pipe.

I just love my retirement money disappearing because of inflation. Its so progressive !

John J. Flynn November 6, 2021 at 12:19 pm

Murphy is cutting our defense industry budget which will hurt CT. Murphy is the last person who should get involved with the Wind industry in New London which is hundreds of millions over budget already. Murphy is cancer. Afghanistan, the Iran and now Pakistan. They removed the rail track from new London and disabled the container industry. They closed the largest salt pier now there will be no salt. Look at the Goldman Sachs East Haven Airport deal? Goldman owns the land under the airport, David Lehman from Goldman (CMO trader) is Lamont’s right hand man. Its corrupt. Kickbacks to Goldman for Congressman HIMES. Look at the PPP loans to Emerson and Branson. They fired the CT employees and outsourced the labor. CT keeps rewarding the criminals with big Money, your tax money your grandchildren will starve from the interest on the debt. Electric Boat will suffer, Sikorsky will suffer and Murphy favors the Taliban and Al Qaeda over CT residents. Oxy is their fault, 5G is in the infrastructure bill; only 6% 0f the bill is infrastructure. “More Pork Sausages Senator Murphy”, PLEASE. Undocumented over Veterans, bribes instead of National Security. Murphy committed treason multiple times when will he be promoted? Good Vs Evil.

DryAsABone November 6, 2021 at 12:40 pm

In this state, this new round of Federal money will vanish quicker than Tobacco Settlement money.
Yesterday’s reported news:

“West Haven officials spent tens of thousands of dollars in federal COVID relief funding on Christmas decorations, payments to a city councilman’s business — and a marching band that performed at the city’s Memorial Day parade, according to records reviewed by the CT Mirror.”

And 30-30-30 is getting dusted off again…tell me how that works out for you.
I am REALLY surprised that Larson’s BIG DIG was not included but no doubt the good congressman has other plans to line the pockets of 1st District contractors.

Next door in Stamford they are giving raises and bonuses to city workers with recovery money.
I do not know what is worse. The Trump PPP fraud or the subsequent relief efforts.
As usual, time will tell, and we always get the government that we deserve.

DryAsABone November 6, 2021 at 6:31 pm

Does Chris Murphy even live in Connecticut? He finally bought a house (for less than $400K) near/in Hartford, but how much time does he spend there? Like the new mayor on Stamford,next door, an address is a matter of convenience and keeps the politicians legal. But does “legal” make them residents? I think not.

CT-Patriot November 10, 2021 at 8:23 pm

Hey, ah Chris? Did you forget to mention this little jem?

Under the “national motor vehicle per-mile user fee pilot” section of the bill, there is a pilot program to create a vehicle miles traveled system for taxing drivers based on their annual vehicle mileage.

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