Carbajal Votes for Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, Set to Become Law

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Carbajal voted to pass H.R. 3684, the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The bill represents a once-in-a-generation investment that will create good-paying jobs rebuilding America’s infrastructure, help tackle the climate crisis, and position the United States to compete in a 21st century economy. The bill is the largest federal investment in public transit, broadband, clean energy transmission, and clean water infrastructure in American history.

Rep. Carbajal Discusses Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
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“I have spoken to constituents and local officials across the Central Coast and they have made it clear that federal investment in local infrastructure would be transformative for our economy and quality of life. Today I proudly cast my vote for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which will provide the funding needed to expand internet connectivity, fix dilapidated roads and bridges, and improve our public transit and clean water infrastructure,” said Rep. Carbajal. “With this box checked, we now turn to passing the Build Back Better Act, which will create new jobs in the clean energy economy and give working middle-class families a tax break by cutting down on the costs of child care, senior care, and health care. These investments in our infrastructure and in working families will make us a better, stronger country.”

“We are thrilled for the continued investment in our region’s multimodal transportation system. We expect this infrastructure reauthorization to deliver much-needed increases to our existing funding programs, so that our communities can pave more roads, fix more bridges, improve and electrify transit, and advance safety for bicyclists and pedestrians,” said Peter Rodgers, Executive Director of the San Luis Obispo County of Governments. “This legislation also offers the single biggest investment in rail in over 50 years, and we want to see some of that invested in Central Coast passenger rail.”

“We are ready for transformative action on a federal level to address the persistent backlog of transportation infrastructure and public transit options for our communities,” said Marjie Kirn, Executive Director of Santa Barbara County Association of Governments. “We are encouraged and excited about the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and will work with Congressman Carbajal to take advantage of the opportunities the bill presents for strong federal support on high priority projects in our region like the U.S. 101 Carpinteria to Santa Barbara project, protection of resources for transit partners, and new investments for a climate resilient future.”

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act:

  • Includes a measure based on Rep. Carbajal’s FOREST ACT, that increases funding for the Forest Service to maintain roads and infrastructure to more effectively fight fires.
  • Repairs roads and bridges with the single largest dedicated bridge investment since the construction of the interstate highway system itself.
  • Invests in public transit and rail with the largest investment in public transit and passenger rail since the creation of Amtrak.
  • Expands broadband by ensuring every American has access to reliable high-speed internet, all the more critical after COVID.
  • Secures clean water for our children by making the largest investment in clean drinking water and waste water infrastructure in American history, replacing lead pipes and delivering clean water to millions of families.

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which cleared the Senate in August, passed the House by a margin of 228-206. The bill now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

Fact Sheet: The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

Fact Sheet: How the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act benefits Californians.  


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