Congressman Tim Ryan Applauds Passage of Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act in the U.S. Senate
Youngstown, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan today released the following statement on the passage of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act in the U.S. Senate. Legislation now moves to the U.S. House of Representatives. For decades, infrastructure in Ohio has suffered from a systemic lack of investment. In fact, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave Ohio a C- grade on its infrastructure report card.
“From the start of my time in Congress, I have advocated for rebuilding our state’s roads, cleaning up waterways, removing dangerous lead pipes, growing our domestic electric vehicles industry, supporting the mission of Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport, maintaining strong Buy American and prevailing wage protections, and finally fixing crumbling bridges such as the Brent Spence Bridge connecting Cincinnati, Ohio and Covington, Kentucky. While there is a lot that Democrats and Republicans do not agree on, rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure is one where we can, and should work together. I commend President Biden and especially the efforts of Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) who worked in a bipartisan way to add important items to this bill and embraced a bipartisan vision for America that will create jobs, rebuild our cities, and improve the quality of life for all Americans,” said Congressman Ryan.
“Here in Northeast Ohio, we stand ready to benefit directly from these investments, where we will rebuild our community’s infrastructure and create good paying jobs. This legislation will help Northeast Ohio and Voltage Valley continue to lead the nation in clean energy research and manufacturing that will power the next generation of electric vehicles. As we continue to work on the infrastructure package, I promise to fight every day to make sure our community and the State of Ohio receives the funding and support it needs to make sure we are leading the economies of the future,” continued Congressman Ryan.
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will make life better for millions of Ohio residents, create a generation of good-paying union jobs and economic growth, and position the United States to win the 21st century. Specifically, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will:
- The Brown/Ryan “Build America Buy America Act” will apply strong Buy America rules to all taxpayer-funded infrastructure and public works projects. When Chinese- or Russian- made steel and other products are used instead of American products, it steals jobs from U.S. workers. Senator Brown successfully included the Build America Buy America legislation into the infrastructure package to ensure that American taxpayer dollars are used to purchase American-made products for all federally funded infrastructure projects – closing loopholes and securing major investment in American-made iron, steel, and manufactured products. Congressman Ryan has identical companion legislation in the House.
- Repair and rebuild our roads and bridges. Senator Brown’s ‘Bridge Investment Act’ was included in the Senate-passed bill. Ohio there are 1,377 bridges and over 4,925 miles of highway in poor condition. Since 2011, commute times have increased by 5.7% in Ohio, and on average, each driver pays $506 per year in costs due to driving on roads in need of repair. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is the single largest dedicated bridge investment since the construction of the interstate highway system. Based on formula funding alone, Ohio would expect to receive $9.2 billion for federal-aid highway apportioned programs and $483 million for bridge replacement and repairs under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act over five years1. Ohio can also compete for the $12.5 billion Bridge Investment Program for economically significant bridges and nearly $16 billion of national funding in the bill dedicated for major projects that will deliver substantial economic benefits to communities.
- Build a network of EV chargers to facilitate long-distance travel and provide convenient charging options. The U.S. market share of plug-in electric vehicle (EV) sales is only one-third the size of the Chinese EV market. The President believes that must change. The bill invests $7.5 billion to build out the first-ever national network of EV chargers in the United States and is a critical element in the Biden-Harris Administration’s plan to accelerate the adoption of EVs to address the climate crisis and support domestic manufacturing jobs. Under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Ohio would expect to receive $140 million over five years to support the expansion of an EV charging network in the state2. Ohio will also have the opportunity to apply for the $2.5 billion in grant funding dedicated to EV charging in the bill.
- Help connect every American to reliable high-speed internet. Broadband internet is necessary for Americans to do their jobs, to participate equally in school learning, health care, and to stay connected. Yet 14% of Ohio households do not have an internet subscription, and 2% of Ohioans live in areas where, under the FCC’s benchmark, there is no broadband infrastructure. Even where infrastructure is available, broadband may be too expensive to be within reach. Under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Ohio will receive a minimum allocation of $100 million to help provide broadband coverage across the state, including providing access to the at least 259,000 Ohioans who currently lack it. And, under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, 3,167,000 or 28% of people in Ohio will be eligible for the Affordability Connectivity Benefit, which will help low-income families afford internet access
Improve healthy, sustainable transportation options for millions of Americans. Ohioans who take public transportation spend an extra 75.9% of their time commuting and non-White households are 5.9 times more likely to commute via public transportation. 25% of transit vehicles in the state are past useful life. Based on formula funding alone, Ohio would expect to receive $1.2 billion over five years under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to improve public transportation options across the state3