MSN - AP World MSN - AP World Copyright © 2010-2018 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. Wed, 10 Aug 2022 15:01:31 +0000 Biden Cabinet touts progress on infranstructure Six months after the signing of President Joe Biden's $1 trillion infrastructure package, the government said Monday there are 4,300 projects underway. (May 16) 941d0c6f3c1943bbbacb43ae1e628413 Tue, 17 May 2022 00:24:15 +0000 SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:ASSOCIATED PRESSARCHIVE: Seneca Falls, New York - 2 April 20221. STILL of Seneca Falls Hydroelectric ProjectUS NETWORK POOLWashington, DC - 16 May 20222. SOUNDBITE: (English) Mitch Landrieu, Sr. Adviser and Infrastructure Coordinator:"In the last six months, we have been building a team. We have been delivering results and we have been holding ourselves accountable to the American people. And we have hit the ground running. Just in the last six months, this group behind us on behalf of the president, United States, has pushed out $110 billion of funding. There are $100 billion of nofos (Notice for Bid) going out in the short future. As you know, all of this money is designed to rebuild the roads, the bridges, the airports, the ports, the waterways to eradicate, lead in the pipes, to actually redo all of the Great Lakes, to extend high speed Internet to everybody in America, and essentially not to prepare ourselves for a clean energy future."ASSOCIATED PRESSARCHIVE: Winslow, Arizona - 4 February 20223. STILL of train traveling along a bridge over Little Colorado RiverA train travels along a bridge that goes over the Little Colorado RiverASSOCIATED PRESSARCHIVE: Freeport, Maine - 14 December 20214. STILL OF Amtrak Downeaster passenger train5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Brian Deese, Director, National Economic Council:"This year. Now, because of this law, for the first year in more than two decades, our infrastructure investment is growing faster in the United States than China's. And we're putting ourselves in a position where, for the first time in generations, we can actually build more secure supply chains, whether that's in electric vehicle battery manufacturing, or it's our ports and our our airports and our roads and runways."ASSOCIATED PRESSARCHIVE: Washington, DC - 10 February 20226. STILL of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announcing investment in electric vehiclesSTORYLINE:Six months after the signing of President Joe Biden's $1 trillion infrastructure package, the government said Monday there are 4,300 projects underway with more than $110 billion in funding announced - milestones the administration is publicly heralding as midterm politics intensify.  The administration made a strategic calculation that delivering results would help Democrats retain control of the House and the Senate in this year's elections. Infrastructure was a rare source of bipartisan unity as Biden struck a deal that attracted several Republican senators. The law contains money to expand internet access and replace lead water pipes and for rail and public transit projects and investments to address climate change.There is an open question whether voters will reward infrastructure projects in which the benefits are years away as part of what Biden has portrayed as an “infrastructure decade.”  Of the $110 billion announced so far, $52.5 billion is for federal highway funding this fiscal year and $20.5 billion for public transit. There is another $27 billion over five years for bridges, as well as money for safety, rural highways, airports, ports, drought resilience and other programs.  The infrastructure spending is also one area where political leaders will have to share credit with each other. Governors and mayors are responsible for 90% of the expenditures in the law, while the federal government accounts for 10% of the spending. The administration has actively tried to help state and local governments compete for the money, with Landrieu noting that even Republican critics are generally eager to receive the funding.  The Commerce Department last week called on states to begin the process of submitting their plans for universal access to high-speed internet. Biden has also taken steps to maximize the likelihood that construction materials are made domestically, as the money has started to go out.  Landrieu said the two biggest challenges of coordinating the spending have involved offering technical assistance to smaller governments and enabling workforce development to fill the jobs being created. There are 7.6 million construction jobs in the U.S., with employers advertising about 400,000 openings in the sector.  ========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory. Six months after the signing of President Joe Biden's $1 trillion infrastructure package, the government said Monday there are 4,300 projects underway. (May 16) Biden Cabinet touts progress on infranstructure