Recently, Old Uncle Joe’s White House sent out a fact sheet heralding the benefits of the new Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act for “communities of color.”
This past week, the Senate started its debate over the massive 2,700-page bipartisan infrastructure deal currently supported by Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), and a bevy of other lawmakers from both sides of the aisle. This $1.2 trillion package, as a compromise on Uncle Joe’s previous $2.7 trillion American Jobs Plan, removed spending on healthcare, education, and many other items that were unrelated to the countries physical infrastructure.
This past Tuesday morning, the White House revealed its fact sheet that seemed to highlight the bill’s implications for “communities of color” along with many other disadvantaged groups:
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act addresses economic disparities in our economy and the consequences of decades of disinvestment in America’s infrastructure that have fallen most heavily on communities of color. Through critical investments, the legislation increases access to good-paying jobs, affordable high-speed internet, reliable public transit, clean drinking water and other resources to ensure communities of color get a fair shot at the American dream.
These critical investments are first steps in advancing equity and racial justice throughout our economy. The President believes additional investments are needed in our nation’s caregiving infrastructure, housing supply, regional development, and workforce development programs to ensure that communities of color and other underserved communities can access economic opportunity and justice.
It made sure to note that black, Latino, and tribal families are respectively 9%, 15%, and 35% less likely than their white counterparts to have stable access to good quality internet services, and Old Uncle Joe’s administration went on to state that the legislation’s $65 billion allocation to broadband “ensures every American has access to reliable high-speed internet.”
Similarly, the document points out that Asian-American and African-American works seem to heavily rely on public transit to a much higher degree than their white counterparts. The plan is “the largest Federal investment in public transit in history” and is looking to “repair and upgrade aging infrastructure, modernize bus and rail fleets, make stations accessible to all users, and bring transit service to new communities.” it also plans to “replace thousands of transit vehicles, including buses, with clean, zero-emission vehicles.”
Making the argument that “significant portions of the interstate highway system were built through Black neighborhoods,” the new bill will seek to funt the “planning, design, demolition, and reconstruction of street grids, parks, or other infrastructure” in an effort to let communities reconnect.
Recently, All fifty Democrats, alongside seventeen of their Republican counterparts, in the Senate voted to start their debate concerning the bill.