During his visit to Parker on Nov. 23, U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly, R-Ariz., spoke about the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, now known and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. He told the Pioneer there were many things in the bill that would interest and benefit Arizonans.

The following information about the contents of the infrastructure bill was provided by Sen. Kelly’s office:

“Sen. Kelly is one of the 22 members of the Senate bipartisan group that reached a $1.2 trillion infrastructure agreement, now called the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. He was part of working groups made up of Senators to draft specific portions of the legislation, including those focusing on water and power infrastructure, superfunds and brownfields, permitting, and wildfire mitigation.

Kelly is also a member of the Committee on Environment and Public Works and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, where he shaped the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act, the Energy Infrastructure Act, and the Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021--three bipartisan bills that form the backbone of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.”

According to Kelly’s office, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes:

  • ·$110 billion to repair bridges and roads and build major highway projects, including improving unsafe rural roads, $5 billion is expected to go to Arizona for federal-aid highway apportioned programs and $225 million for bridge replacement and repair.
  • ·$65 billion to expand affordable, high-speed internet access, with at least $100 million expected to go to Arizona.
  • ·$55 billion for drinking and wastewater infrastructure, with key funding for Arizona programs and projects.
  • ·$8.3 billion for western water infrastructure, with specific funds going towards repairing aging dams in Arizona and funding the Drought Contingency Plan, among other things.
  • ·$65 billion to improve grid reliability and resiliency and allow for the increased use of renewables, as well as a bill to expand the use of energy management initiatives.
  • ·$39.2 billion for public transit and $66 billion for passenger and freight rail, $884.3 million of which will go to Arizona transit systems.
  • ·$25 billion for airports
  • ·$8.25 billion for wildfire management, including increasing firefighter pay and a bill to study and recommend wildland fire prevention, suppression, management, and rehabilitation policies.
  • ·$3.85 billion for land ports of entry, including $147 million for the San Luis Port of Entry, $216 million for the new Douglas Port of Entry, and $184 million for rehabilitation at the current Douglas Port of Entry.

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I hope they do better with "OUR" money than Obummer did. All he did was waste millions on his "Shovel ready jobs" which included paving a three foot wide strip down 95...WHAT a waste of money that was.


Fat chance. All of this money will be funneled to democrat friends, donors, relatives, and poured down the green new deal rabbit hole. If you liked Solyndra, you'll LOVE this heap of steaming dog poop.

sam whittemore

if voting mattered, they wouldn't let us do it. they don't have to hide it anymore. so long FUSA.


Kelly is also a member of the Committee on Environment and Public Works and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources techzpod.com

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