MSN - AP World http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a MSN - AP World Copyright © 2010-2018 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification Sun, 03 Jul 2022 19:53:11 +0000 WH puts focus back on infrastructure http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a/9cc34097b03a4a9da3dc3ca62722c4b8 President Joe Biden on Friday tried to put behind recent setbacks on voting rights and his economic agenda by outlining progress made in implementing his $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package. (Jan. 14) 9cc34097b03a4a9da3dc3ca62722c4b8 Fri, 14 Jan 2022 19:50:59 +0000 SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:US NETWORK POOLWashington DC - 14 January 20221. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, U.S. President:"My infrastructure law includes a total of $40 billion in funding for bridge improvements. $12.5 billion of that is going to replace most of the most economically significant bridges in the country."++SEPARATED BY WHITE FLASH++2. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, U.S. President:"But about two thirds of the bridges in need of repair in this country are considered what they call off system because they're not directly connected to the interstate highway system. These are the bridges are often overlooked when decisions are being made, but they are essential for small towns, rural towns, farmers to get their products to market, small businesses to be able to serve customers. These are the bridges that when they're closed, shut off deliveries and and routes to school, work and home."++SEPARATED BY WHITE FLASH++3. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, U.S. President:"Included $27.5 billion for smaller bridges, including dedicated funding for those off system bridges I just described. And because maintaining these bridges is often the responsibility of counties or towns whose budgets are stretched thin already, we decided to get rid of the requirement that counties or towns share in the cost. The federal government is going to pay for 100% of the cost for repairing these small bridges."++SEPARATED BY WHITE FLASH++4. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, U.S. President:"Today we're releasing the first year of that program, which is $5.5 billion, five and a half billion dollars to states and tribes to repair and rebuild bridges to make them safer and more usable. This is an investment that's going to help connect entire towns and regions to new opportunities, with this investment we're sending a message to those communities and the people who call them home. You matter. We're building back and building back better with you. We're making sure you're not left behind and left out."STORYLINE:President Joe Biden on Friday tried to put behind recent setbacks on voting rights and his economic agenda by outlining progress made in implementing his $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package.Sixty days after the infrastructure package  became law in November, the Transportation Department is launching a $27 billion program to repair and upgrade roughly 15,000 bridges. Under the five-year program, the federal government will release nearly $5.5 billion this fiscal year to states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and tribes."Because maintaining these bridges is often the responsibility of counties or towns whose budgets are stretched thin already. We decided to get rid of the requirement that counties or towns share in the cost," said Biden Friday at the White House. "The federal government is going to pay for 100 percent of the cost for repairing these small bridges."The president is trying to regain a sense of optimism after his administration has endured a rough week. His economic and voting rights agenda has been stymied in the Senate, while the Supreme Court halted his administration’s vaccine-or-testing mandate for businesses with more than 100 employees. The funding for fixing bridges around the country is part of a bipartisan hard-fought $1 trillion infrastructure deal, the president had to cut back his initial ambition to spend $2.3 trillion on infrastructure by more than half. The bill that becomes law late last year includes about $550 billion in new spending over 10 years, since some of the expenditures in the package were already planned.The agreement ultimately got support from 19 Senate Republicans, including Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell. Thirteen House Republicans also voted for the infrastructure bill. "This is an investment. It's going to help connect entire towns and regions to new opportunities," said Biden."With this investment we're sending a message to those communities and the people who call them home. You matter. We're building back and building back better with you. We're making sure you're not left behind and left out."===========================================================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: info@aparchive.com(ii) 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. President Joe Biden on Friday tried to put behind recent setbacks on voting rights and his economic agenda by outlining progress made in implementing his $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package. (Jan. 14) WH puts focus back on infrastructure