Friday, 30 July 2021 17:45

Louisiana Could Receive Billions from New Federal Infrastructure Agreement

Written by William Patrick, The Center Square


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Louisiana could receive billions of dollars in new federal infrastructure spending despite a disagreement over the plan between the state's two U.S. senators.

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-LA, was a lead negotiator in the roughly $1 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act proposal that reached bipartisan agreement July 28. The plan includes $550 billion in new spending on top of reauthorizing existing federal infrastructure programs at their highest funding levels.


“Louisiana has been impacted more than any other state by flooding and natural disasters these past few years. In addition to billions for roads and bridges, it includes $47 billion dollars to address resiliency and protect communities,” he said.


“This is the largest investment in roads, bridges, broadband and our coastline in the history of our state,” Cassidy added.


The legislation isn’t a done deal, though it passed a key milestone when 67 senators voted in favor of a procedural measure to advance the bill toward floor debate; 60 senators are needed for final passage.


U.S. Sen. John Kennedy, also a Louisiana Republican, voted against the bill along with 31 GOP colleagues. Sen. Mike Lee, R-UT, voiced the dissenting view, saying the full text has not been released and that the trillion-dollar spending package will only add to current “inflationary pressures and mounting federal debt.”


“Housing, food, gasoline and electricity are all becoming more expensive in large part because the federal government keeps spending more money than it has,” Lee said.


Despite concerns over what will appear in the finalized version of the Democratic-led bill, Cassidy said he received...

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