St. Louis Mayor attends White House signing of infrastructure bill

Missouri

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis City Mayor Tishaura Jones visited the White House Monday for the signing of President Joe Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill.

“I was proud to represent St. Louis at the White House today for the signing of the historic bipartisan Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act,” Jones said in a statement. “The Act is a once-in-a-generation investment, bringing $9 billion to Missouri to repair our roads and bridges, improve public transit, fix our water systems, and expand broadband internet access.”

Here’s how the city said it will allocate the funding over the next five years:

  • $6.5 billion for federal-aid highway programs 
  • $484 million for bridge replacement and repairs 
  • $100 million to help provide broadband coverage across the state
  • $866 million to improve water infrastructure
  • $674 million toimprove public transportation

Joes will remain in DC for several days to meet with officials, including First District Congresswoman Cori Bush who was among a handful of Democratic Representatives who voted against the bill.

The House passed the measure 228-206, prompting prolonged cheers from the relieved Democratic side of the chamber. Thirteen Republicans, mostly moderates, supported the legislation while six of the Democrats’ farthest left members including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York opposed it.

“We started off with one bill. There was one bill that had human infrastructure and physical infrastructure. Then a group of bi-partisan senators decided that they wanted to pull out, to break away, the infrastructure piece. That wasn’t good enough. St. Louis needs more. We need our roads fixed, we need our bridges fixed, we need to remove lead pipes. But, we need so much more than that, and more was on the table,” said Bush.

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