What would Florida get from the president's proposed infrastructure plan?
TAMPA, Fla. - Congress is releasing more details about the bipartisan infrastructure plan and what it will mean for Florida. The bill passed the Senate last week, but it's still facing growing problems in the House.
If Congress passes the plan, the framework for the bill and the funding formulas show Florida’s airports would get $1.2 billion for upgrades.
Water systems across the states would get $1.6 billion for improvements.
The feds would send another $29 million to Florida to improve cyber-defense to help stop hackers from malware and ransomware attacks that have exposed sensitive data and disrupted supplies.
We’d also get $29 million to help prevent brushfires and fight them when they do break out.
On top of that, Florida could tap into a $3.6-billion fund to upgrade homes and buildings to make them more energy-efficient.
Like the $13-billion Florida would get for roads and bridges and the money to expand broadband access, the federal government would send the money to state and local governments and trust them to manage the programs.
"The answers don’t always come from Washington, but the money does," offered Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. "And that’s what we’re doing with this bill."
But while it easily passed through the Senate, it’s facing a problem in the House. It’s not clear how many Republicans will vote for it, but the indications suggest not many. And Democrats have a very slim majority that could fracture and defeat the bill.
Right now, this bipartisan infrastructure plan is caught in a squeeze.
Some liberal Democrats say they won’t support it unless or until the Senate passes and sends over the separate $3.5-trillion spending plan and they have a chance to vote on that first.
Some moderate Democrats say they won’t vote for that $3.5-trillion plan unless or until they have a chance to vote on the bipartisan infrastructure plan first.
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The president and his team are trying to break this threat of a standoff within their own party by selling the $3.5-trillion spending plan -- which includes investments in the environment, education and child care -- as a jobs plan.
"Affordable child care, we know, relates to a company’s ability to recruit and retain talent, it improves worker productivity," Buttigieg continued.
While at the same time, they’re selling the bipartisan infrastructure plan as a way to throttle the job market, and our economy.
"We’re getting about two thirds of what the president first put forward. And what the president first put forward is a generational investment so that continues to be the order of magnitude we are on," Buttigieg added. "It is not perfect. No one got everything they wanted which is the fundamental nature of any compromise legislation."