Last night, the United States House of Representatives passed President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal, bringing the country another step closer to a once-in-a-generation investment in our infrastructure.
In response, South Dakota Democratic Party Chair Randy Seiler released the following statement:
“As he promised, President Biden worked across the aisle to forge consensus and deliver results. His Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal is now one step closer to creating good-paying jobs, growing our economy, and making much-needed improvements to critical infrastructure like our nation’s roads and highways, bridges and transit; drinking water systems; and broadband. Thanks to President Biden and Democrats, our country is primed to position American workers, farmers, and businesses to compete and win in the 21st century.”
Based on funding formula alone, South Dakota would expect to receive:
- $1.9 billion to improve highways and $225 million for bridge replacement and repairs over five years.
- $124 million over five years to improve public transportation options across the state.
- $29 million over five years to support the expansion of an electric vehicle (EV) charging network in the state. South Dakota will also have the opportunity to apply for the $2.5 billion in grant funding dedicated to EV charging in the bill.
- A minimum of $100 million to help provide broadband coverage across the state, including providing access to the at least 20,700 South Dakotans who currently lack it. 205,000 or 24% of people in South Dakota will also be eligible for the Affordability Connectivity Benefit, which will help low-income families afford internet access.
- $19.6 million over five years to protect against wildfires.
- $11.7 million to protect against cyberattacks.
- $355 million over five years to improve water infrastructure across South Dakota and ensure that clean, safe drinking water is a right in all communities.
- $82 million over five years to improve South Dakota’s airports.