President Biden’s Infrastructure Plan | What It Means For America’s Workforce

“America is on the move again… After 100 days of rescue and renewal, America is ready for a takeoff.” – President Joe Biden

President Joe Biden delivered his first address to Congress and laid out what he called a “blue-collar blueprint to build America.” The 46th president addressed his stimulus and COVID relief plan as well as the country’s vaccination efforts, but he also focused on his $2 trillion plan for improving the nation’s infrastructure and shifting to greener energy. According to White House officials, the massive infrastructure plan will not only repair and rebuild many of the nation’s failing roads and bridges, it will revitalize America’s economy and its workforce.

The proposal’s combination of spending and tax credits would translate into 20,000 miles of rebuilt roads, repairs to the ten most economically important bridges in the country, the elimination of lead pipes from the nation’s water supplies and a long list of other projects intended to create millions of jobs, according to White House officials.

Biden’s plan would also offer a major boost to unions and roll back so-called “right to work”’ laws in 27 states. It’s no secret that President Biden is one of the most pro-union presidents in decades. On his first day in office, he signed an executive order that named the creation of union jobs as a top priority of his administration. He also nominated former Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as the US Secretary of Labor. Walsh was later confirmed and became the first former union leader to serve in that role in nearly half a century.

According to Biden, the infrastructure plan would take place over eight years, and would be  offset by increased corporate tax revenues raised over 15 years. Here are some of the highlights that could help create millions of jobs for American workers:

  • Transportation Infrastructure:  The plan includes funding for repairing roads and bridges, modernizing highways and trains, and updating airports and waterways. Biden’s proposal sets aside $621 billion for “transportation infrastructure. 
  • $174 billion would go toward supporting the electric car industry. The White House plan would transition at least 1 in 5 yellow school buses to electric buses and replace 50,000 diesel vehicles with electric ones.
  • Social Infrastructure: the plan calls for $34 billion to build “regional innovation hubs” to develop technology in areas outside of big cities as well as $12 billion in funding for “community college infrastructure.”
  • Biden wants to eliminate 100 percent of lead piping across the country and intends to reach this goal by having $45 billion in funds directed to the EPA’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. 
  • Digital Infrastructure: $100 billion would go toward building the infrastructure to eventually reach the goal of 100 percent high-speed broadband coverage.
  • Nature Infrastructure: Biden’s proposal sets aside money conservation of forests, wetlands, and the ocean as well as $16 billion to plug gas and oil wells and restore abandoned mines.
  • Housing Infrastructure: Affordable and sustainable places to live would cost $213 billion under Biden’s plan. Housing improvements in the proposal include building “energy efficient and cheaper housing in underserved communities.
  • The plan also calls for $25 billion to increase the number of child-care facilities and upgrade existing ones.
  • $30 billion would be used to prepare for future pandemics.

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