BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — A rare bipartisan moment on Monday in Washington D.C. after President Joe Biden signed the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill into law.
The move marked the final hurdle for federal investments in communities across the nation, including Louisiana. Billions of dollars will go towards new roads, faster internet, water systems and so much more.
“Today, we’re finally getting this done,” said President Biden. “This law builds back our bridges, our water systems, our power lines, our levees better and stronger.”
“I commend Congress and the Biden Administration for this historic achievement, and I look forward to working with the legislature to ensure that we take full and immediate advantage of this opportunity to advance our state,” said Governor John Bel Edwards in a statement.
“I’m very optimistic about the potential of a new bridge that we’ve talked about for so long,” said East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor Sharon Weston Broome.
Some party members had to reach across the aisle to make this bipartisan bill possible.
“Doesn’t surprise me. Good policy is good politics,” said Sen. Bill Cassidy.
Louisiana leaders said the state is long overdue for federal funding to get new or stalled projects off the ground.
“All the parishes in Louisiana have somebody who doesn’t have access to high-speed internet. This would change that, an incredible economic development tool, but also it’s important for children’s education,” said Cassidy.
“America’s moving again, and your life is going to change for the better,” said President Biden.
It could take several months before Louisiana could receive funding from the infrastructure bill.