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Jones joins White House ceremony for Biden’s signing of infrastructure bill

St. Louis Mayor Tishaura O. Jones joined fellow local and state leaders at the White House on Monday for a ceremony celebrating President Joe Biden’s signing of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

President Joe Biden speaks before signing the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill into law during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House on Nov. 15, 2021.

The act is designed to generate millions of jobs and to help modern the nation’s roads, bridges, water systems and other infrastructure.

“I was proud to represent St. Louis at the White House today for the signing of the historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act,” Jones said. She called the act a “once-in-a-generation investment.”

Missouri will get about $9 billion over five years to repair the state’s roads and bridges, improve public transit, fix water systems and expand internet access.

“We are ready to work with our state leaders and regional partners to make sure these federal dollars make the most impact,” Jones emphasized.

Here’s how the funds coming to Missouri shake out:

  • $6.5 billion for federal-aid highway programs
  • $484 million for bridge replacement and repairs
  • $100 million to help provide broadband coverage across the state
  • $866 million to improve water infrastructure
  • $674 million to improve public transportation

Biden also supports the Build Back Better Act, which Jones hopes will pass Congress. That act would boost funding for community violence intervention programs, extend the Child Tax Credit and promote good, affordable child care.

Jones is staying in Washington this week to meet with Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., as well as the Federal Transit Administration and the White House’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.

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