Crow Highlights Inclusion of Key Colorado Priorities in Biden’s American Jobs Plan Infrastructure Package
AURORA - Congressman Jason Crow (CO-06) today highlighted the inclusion of key Colorado priorities in President Biden’s infrastructure package, the ‘American Jobs Plan.’ This follows the release of a White House fact sheet that outlines the urgency of addressing critical infrastructure needs across Colorado.
“Coloradans have seen firsthand how our infrastructure has failed to keep up with our rapid growth and the strains that it puts on our community,” said Congressman Jason Crow. “The American Jobs Plan is the answer to our country’s infrastructure needs - a plan that rebuilds our crumbling physical infrastructure while fighting climate change, creating jobs, and investing in equitable access to affordable housing, public transportation, broadband internet, clean energy, and water infrastructure. I look forward to working with the Biden-Harris Administration and Congress to pass an ambitious and comprehensive infrastructure package that addresses our nation’s needs.”
The American Society of Civil Engineers gave Colorado a C- grade for its 2020 Infrastructure Report Card.
Colorado infrastructure priorities addressed in the American Jobs Plan include:
- Roads and bridges - In Colorado there are 481 bridges and over 3,600 miles of highway in poor condition. The American Jobs Plan would devote more than $600 billion to transform our nation’s transportation infrastructure and make it more resilient, including $115 billion repairing roads and bridges.
- Climate resiliency - In the last decade, Colorado has experienced 30 extreme weather events, costing up to $50 billion in damages. The American Jobs Plan includes $50 billion to improve the resiliency of our infrastructure and support communities’ recovering from disaster.
- Clean drinking water - Over the next 20 years, Colorado’s drinking water infrastructure will require $10.2 billion in additional funding. The American Jobs Plan includes a $111 billion investment to ensure clean, safe drinking water is a right in all communities.
- PFAS Funding - The American Jobs Plan includes $10 billion to monitor and remediate PFAS in drinking water. Crow helped ensure the FY2021 NDAA included strong PFAS provisions, including a requirement that DOD treat PFOS and PFOA as hazardous substances under CERCLA when cleaning up contamination at defense facilities and a requirement that service members be tested for exposure periodically.
- Housing - A lack of affordable and available housing means that over 379,000 Colorado renters are forced to spend more than 30% of their income on rent. The American Jobs Plan proposes investing over $200 billion to increase housing supply and address the affordable housing crisis.
- Broadband - The American Jobs Plan will invest $100 billion to bring universal, reliable, high-speed, and affordable coverage to every family in America.
- Child care - An estimated 51% of Coloradans live in a childcare desert. The American Rescue Plan would modernize our nation’s schools and early learning facilities and build new ones in neighborhoods across Colorado and the country.
- Manufacturing - Nearly 150,000 Coloradans are employed in manufacturing. The American Jobs Plan would invest $300 billion to retool and revitalize American manufacturers.
- Clean energy jobs - As of 2019, there were 62,420 Coloradans working in clean energy, and the American Jobs Plan invests in creating more good paying union jobs advancing clean energy production by extending and expanding tax credits for clean energy generation, carbon capture and sequestration and clean energy manufacturing. As Chairman of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Innovation and Workforce Development, Crow has worked to combat the workforce shortage facing small businesses in the clean energy sector.
- Veterans’ health - Colorado is home to over 403,000 veterans. The American Jobs Plan provides $18 billion to improve the infrastructure of VA health care facilities.