Congress Advances $20 Million in Kildee-Sponsored Infrastructure Projects
June 10, 2021
Key Committee Advances Federal Funding for Road and Bridge Improvements in Genesee, Saginaw and Bay Counties
FLINT—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today applauded a key congressional committee for voting to approve all $20 million in local infrastructure projects previously submitted through the Member Designated Project funding initiative.
On Wednesday, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee advanced the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation (INVEST) in America Act, to help rebuild America’s infrastructure. Next, the legislation will go to the full U.S. House of Representatives for a vote. The INVEST in America Act is a five-year, $547 billion surface transportation reauthorization bill that will direct federal funding toward roads, bridges, public transit and rail. This bill is a core piece of President Biden’s American Jobs Plan.
As a part of this bill, Congressman Kildee’s office worked with local communities across Michigan’s Fifth Congressional District to identify projects that could benefit from federal investments. All of Kildee’s requested projects were included in the Committee-passed INVEST in America Act, including local projects in Genesee, Saginaw and Bay Counties. A full list of projects submitted can be viewed here.
“By rebuilding Michigan’s roads and bridges, we can make our communities more competitive and create good-paying jobs,” Congressman Kildee said. “As we continue to recover from this pandemic, we need to look towards the future. When investing in our transportation and infrastructure, we are also investing in our communities, our workers and our future generations. I am pleased that the projects my office identified across Genesee, Saginaw and Bay Counties were approved by the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and I thank Chairman Peter DeFazio for his inclusion of these important mid-Michigan projects. I look forward to voting in favor of the INVEST in America Act when it comes to the floor of the House of Representatives.”
Under the Member Designated Project funding initiative, only state and local governments and eligible non-profit entities are permitted to receive funding. Congressman Kildee does not have any personal financial interest or stake in any projects. In addition to the Transportation and Infrastructure Member Designated Project funding requests, Congressman Kildee has also submitted Community Project Funding requests through the Appropriations Committee, which can be viewed here.