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VIDEO: Harder Joins President Biden for White House Infrastructure Bill Signing; Pushes for Funding to the Valley ASAP

WASHINGTON — Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) joined President Biden, Democrats and Republicans at the White House for the official signing of the bipartisan infrastructure bill. Rep. Harder helped negotiate the bill alongside 30 Democrats and 30 Republicans as part of the Problem Solvers Caucus. Now that the bill has been signed into law, Rep. Harder is focused on ensuring its historic investments are delivered to the Central Valley.

WATCH: Rep. Harder’s video from the White House today.

“I went to the White House today to make sure I saw with my own eyes the president sign this bill into law and to underscore the need to get these dollars into our Valley ASAP,” said Rep. Harder. “Today I congratulate the president for signing it into law. Tomorrow I get on his case to make sure dollars start flowing to projects in our community. Our Valley deserves better than roads filled with potholes and water infrastructure from two generations ago, and I’m committed to seeing our plans become reality.”

In California alone there are 1,536 bridges and over 14,220 miles of highway in poor condition. Since 2011, commute times have increased by 14.6% in California and on average, each driver pays $799 per year in costs due to driving on roads in need of repair. From 2010 to 2020, California experienced 16 extreme weather events, costing the state up to $1 trillion in damages. Over the next 20 years, California’s drinking water infrastructure will require $51 billion in additional funding. In the 10th congressional district specifically, which covers much of Stanislaus County and parts of San Joaquin County, there are 119 structurally deficient bridges, up from 113 in 2019. An estimated $423.2 million in repairs are needed.

Specifically, the bipartisan infrastructure bill will:

Invest in California’s roads and bridges:

  • Send $110 billion of new funds for roads, bridges, and major projects across the country
  • Send $40 billion specifically for new funding for bridge repair, replacement, and rehabilitation, which is the single largest dedicated bridge investment since the construction of the interstate highway system

Deliver historic federal funding for water infrastructure

  • Invest $8.3 billion in Western Water infrastructure, the largest investment in the resilience of physical and natural systems in American history
  • Invest $1.15 billion specifically in water storage to fight the devastating effects of droughts in the Central Valley

Help our firefighters fight and prevent wildfires

  • Invest $3.4 billion in wildland firefighting efforts which is nearly three times CalFire’s yearly budget
  • Convert 1,000 seasonal wildland firefighters to full time firefighters and give every federal firefighter a pay raise
  • Clean 10 million acres of land at highest risk of fire / closest to where people live
  • Invest $80 million in new supercomputers to predict wildfires, $100 million in sensors to track them as soon as they start, and $20 million to launch new satellites to track fires as they move
  • Start a first of its kind $50 million fund to help local governments buy “slip-on tanker units” that can quickly convert a fleet of normal government vehicles into fire engines for emergencies

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