The $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill passed by the U.S. Senate last month will mean good union jobs for Ohioans, if passed by the U.S. House and signed into law by the President.
The bill includes $550 billion in new federal spending, including $65 billion to expand high-speed internet access; $110 billion for roads, bridges and other projects; $25 billion for airports; and the largest funding round for Amtrak since the passenger rail service was founded in 1971.
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss what the bill will mean for Ohio’s workers, particularly when it comes to public transit and rebuilding bridges.
If passed, legislation will create tens of thousands of jobs in Ohio
Sen. Brown said he traveled the state and heard excited, positive feedback about the infrastructure bill. People understand what this bill means for jobs in the manufacturing and building trades.
Now that the bipartisan bill passed the Senate, Brown expects the bill to eventually pass the U.S. House of Representatives and be sent to President Biden’s desk by early October.
He is also excited about the budget resolution bill addressing the other half of Biden’s agenda. While the infrastructure bill focuses on physical infrastructure, the budget resolution bill will focus on housing, childcare and rent — issues middle class families and families striving to be in the middle class are currently struggling with, Brown said.
He expects the infrastructure bill to put tens of thousands of Ohioians to work, including ironworkers, pipefitters and other construction workers. He especially looks forward to issues surrounding the Brent Spence Bridge in Cincinnati finally being addressed and resolved.
Finally, Brown said he is glad to see dedicated funding to public transit because it is a critical issue to many people, especially low income, senior citizens and college students. It is something that is good for the whole country.