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Blumenthal Gets Behind Biden's New Infrastructure Plan

Ryan Caron King
Connecticut Public Radio

Connecticut’s federal delegation is joining the effort to promote President Joe Biden’s next big legislative push.

After passage of the American Rescue Plan, which provided stimulus checks to many citizens, Biden has turned his attention to another huge bill he’s calling the American Jobs Plan. This plan’s eight-year rollout would tackle climate change, infrastructure investment and workforce development, among other issues. 

“The American Jobs Plan is more than just a slogan. It’s more than just a saying. It is a blueprint for reshaping our economy,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal said during a recent news conference. 

The Connecticut senator said part of the plan’s agenda would reverse former President Donald Trump's tax cuts for the wealthy.

“This plan will eliminate the tax breaks that encourage moving jobs and profits overseas, so some corporations pay no taxes -- and it will mean some tax increases for folks who earn more than $400,000,” he said. 

Biden’s plan focuses on fixing bridges, highways and roads. To ensure safer travel, the proposal includes repairs of public transportation infrastructure to support air travel, buses and trains. The investment plan also focuses on addressing inequity in underserved communities. 

“Almost 70 percent of Connecticut bridges are over 50 years old,” said Don Shubert, president of the Connecticut Construction Industries Association. “That’s the fourth-highest percentage in the United States. Over two-thirds of our major roads and highways in Connecticut are in poor to mediocre condition.” 

Many of Connecticut roads were built in 1969 or earlier, and according to Shubert, the life expectancy of roads is typically 50 years. 

“Connecticut’s deteriorating roads right now cost motorists over $6 billion a year in unnecessary repairs, accidents and congestion-related costs,” he said. 

To combat the climate issue, the president suggests that America push for using cleaner energy systems. The plan also would provide relief for earthquakes, hurricanes, wildfires and any other natural disasters. Biden also wants to move toward climate-friendly transportation. 

Blumenthal plans a series of events this month around the state in an effort to advocate for Biden’s plan. 

“Nothing is more important than rebuilding and building back better,” he said. 

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