West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Promotes Passage of Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act | VM News
CHARLESTON, Va. (WV News) – The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce is backing passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act which is expected to be passed in the United States House of Representatives this week.
“Businesses need a solid infrastructure to do business and this important legislation represents a significant investment in the traditional ‘physical infrastructure’ of the United States,” said the president of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Steve Roberts.
The bipartisan infrastructure package was passed by the US Senate last month by 69 to 30 votes. The two West Virginia senators, Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin, were among 69 who voted “Yes” on this important law Project.
West Virginia is expected to earn nearly $ 4.4 billion in federal funding if the House passes this bill and it is enacted by President Biden. The breakdown of what West Virginia can expect to receive is as follows:
– $ 3 billion for federal assistance programs spread over highways
– $ 506 million for the replacement and repair of bridges
– $ 487 million for drinking water infrastructure
– $ 100 million (minimum allocation) for broadband coverage
– $ 190 million for public transit
– $ 46 million for electric vehicle charging stations
– $ 44 million for the development of airport infrastructure
– $ 11 million for forest fire protection
– $ 14 million for cybersecurity protection
“The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce joins our national colleagues at the United States Chamber of Commerce in strongly encouraging the United States House of Representatives to pass the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act,” said Roberts.
The infrastructure bill is a separate bill, not part of the more controversial $ 3.5 trillion reconciliation bill currently being debated in Congress, Roberts noted.