The US Senate passed a bill that would invest $2 trillion in infrastructure over the next 10 years. It includes provisions for passenger rail and airport improvements, as well as new ports and highways.
The $1 trillion bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act was passed by the US Senate on Tuesday, with the tourism sector applauding the 69-30 vote.
The historic bill would pave the way for one of the country’s largest infrastructure investments in roads, bridges, airports, rail systems, and other projects.
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“This is a significant step toward ensuring the United States, passengers, and the American travel sector a more contemporary and connected future. As we rebuild from the pandemic and welcome back visitors from around the world, the bill’s funding levels and investments will help revolutionize the way people move and travel throughout the United States, as well as increase our global competitiveness “President and CEO of the United States Travel Association, Roger Dow, said in a statement.
“The bill makes critical investments in the United States’ airports, roads, and bridges, as well as a down payment on projects that will power the future of transportation, including as electric car charging infrastructure and high-speed train,” he said.
“The law also creates a key leadership position at the Department of Transportation to assist in the coordination of travel and tourist policies and investments across all modes of transportation. U.S. Travel applauds the bipartisan group of senators and the administration for their unwavering commitment to enacting this infrastructure package, which will put our industry and nation on the road to recovery and a stronger, more resilient future for travel.”
We appreciate the bipartisan effort to make this #infrastructure package a reality, which will put the tourism sector and our nation on the road to recovery as we recover from the epidemic and welcome tourists from all over the globe. Continue reading pic.twitter.com/oPJSYXhSJQ https://t.co/uuWSNOCZRf pic.twitter.com/oPJSYXhSJQ
10 August 2021 — U.S. Travel (@USTravel)
The plan seeks to provide $550 billion in government funding to infrastructure projects throughout the country and to extend current programs that are about to expire. According to The New York Times, it includes $110 billion for roads, bridges, and other infrastructure, $25 billion for airports, and the largest money for Amtrak since its inception 50 years ago.
Despite Tuesday’s vote, the bill faces opposition in the House, where House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats have said that they would not vote on it unless the Senate passes a separate $3.5 trillion social policy package.