On Tuesday, Senator John Hickenlooper visited Colorado Local 555 Training Center to discuss how the bipartisan infrastructure package he helped negotiate would create good-paying jobs, grow the economy, invest in clean energy, and make our nation’s most critical roads and bridges more resilient to climate change.
He also took a moment to speak to apprentices on the training room floor to explain how the bipartisan plan would be the largest long-term investment in infrastructure since the New Deal. This historic investment would help develop and strengthen public transpiration, high-speed internet, clean energy transmission, clean drinking water, and electric vehicle infrastructure. All of which would directly create good-paying, Union jobs.
“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to invest in infrastructure and make sure America remains competitive on the global stage.”
Hickenlooper is part of a bipartisan group writing the legislation, which President Biden endorsed last week. The $1.2 trillion framework includes:
- $49 billion for the largest federal investment in public transit in history
- $66 billion for passenger and freight rail
- $109 billion to repair and rebuild roads and bridges
- $7.5 billion to build a national network of 500,000 electric vehicle chargers
- $65 billion to connect every American to reliable high-speed internet
- $55 billion for clean drinking water and wastewater infrastructure
- $73 billion for clean energy transmission
- $47 billion to prepare for the impacts of climate change, cyber-attacks, and extreme weather events
This in-person visit follows a virtual meeting with the Senator in April, in which SWRCC members encouraged support of an infrastructure bill that will put the Southwest Carpenters to work building the nation’s next generation of public infrastructure.