November 12, 2021/Media, Press

WHAT THEY’RE READING: Biden’s Infrastructure Bill Dominates NC Papers’ Headlines

It’s been one week since the U.S. House passed President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, which will create millions of jobs modernizing our infrastructure, turn the climate crisis into an opportunity, and put us on a path to win the economic competition for the 21st century.

Following the bill’s passage, newspapers across North Carolina have laid out exactly how the historic infrastructure package will impact the Tar Heet State. 

See below to see what NC voters are reading this week:

INDY Week: From RTP to Eastern N.C., President Biden’s Infrastructure Deal is a Game Changer for the State
President Biden has understood since day one that the future of our cities and towns is incumbent on how our federal government invests today. He gets that we need to invest in our physical infrastructure in order for communities across North Carolina to compete and win for a generation to come… We are excited to get to work to implement the resources provided by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal for our communities. President Biden followed through on his promise to work across party lines and invest in our physical infrastructure. North Carolina will reap the rewards of this historic legislation.

News & Observer: ​​US House passes Biden’s infrastructure plan. Here’s how NC will benefit.
The U.S. House passed a key part of President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda Friday, delivering an infrastructure package that could bring nearly $9 billion in federal funds to North Carolina over the next five years. The bipartisan infrastructure plan, which includes money for highway programs, bridge replacement, public transportation, electric vehicles and broadband internet.passed the Senate in August with the support of 19 Republicans, including North Carolina Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis. More than a dozen House Republicans joined with the vast majority of Democrats to approve the measure, 228-206. Six Democrats voted against it. The infrastructure package The $1 trillion bill has $550 billion in new spending, while the rest is previously approved.

News & Observer: NC commuter rail, infrastructure projects pick up speed with Congress passing bill
Commuter rail will be coming to the Triangle sooner because of the massive federal infrastructure spending bill, elected officials said Monday at Union Station in downtown Raleigh. That’s one of many projects that North Carolinians will see on a faster track because of the bill President Joe Biden is expected to soon sign into law. Congress passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act over the weekend with bipartisan support, delivering a political win to the Biden administration and other Democrats. For millions of Americans, it means money for bridges, roads, airports, trains, water systems and broadband internet expansion. The passage of the bill means nearly $9 billion for North Carolina over the next five years, The News & Observer previously reported.

News & Observer: The lame excuses NC Republicans had for opposing the infrastructure bill
Reps. Ted Bud, Dan Bishop, Virginia Foxx, David Rouzer, Patrick McHenry, Madison Cawthorn, Greg Murphy and Richard Hudson opposed spending that will repair the state’s roads and bridges, expand broadband, improve mass transit, take lead out of drinking water and make the state more resilient to flooding related to climate change. And why did these N.C. honorables object? Well, we know why – the spending will boost the agenda of a Democratic president. But pure partisanship can’t be an official explanation, so they once more raised flimsy or false objections. North Carolina’s Republicans in the House are not representing the best interests of the state. They are representing reflexive partisanship and relentless obstructionism. In 2022, North Carolina voters should remember who tried to derail an infrastructure plan that will bring the state so much to improve its quality of life and commerce now and for future generations.

Spectrum News: Transit, broadband and water: What the infrastructure bill means for N.C.
The $1 trillion infrastructure bill that passed through the House Friday could mean billions in investment for North Carolina. That money will go to highways and bridges, public transit, broadband internet and improving water systems. Congress passed the massive spending plan after weeks of back and forth between the moderate and progressive wings of the Democratic Party. Thirteen Republicans ultimately joined with Democrats on Capitol Hill to pass the bill. “The jobs created by this legislation are jobs that cannot be outsourced. They will be performed here in the United States of America,” said Rep. Deborah Ross, a Wake County Democrat.

WGHP: Political notebook: Answers to those questions about what’s in Biden’s infrastructure bill
A trio of the state’s Democratic members of Congress on Wednesday expressed the advantages they saw for North Carolina in the nearly $1.1 trillion infrastructure bill that passed the House on Friday and is headed for President Joe Biden’s signature. Reps. G.K. Butterfield, Deborah Ross and David Price – along with state Democratic Chair Bobbie Richardson – spoke in a Zoom session with reporters about the nearly $9 billion North Carolina will receive from the bill. All of North Carolina’s five Democrats in the House supported the bill, as did Republican Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis. None of eight Republicans in the House voted for it, and most have decried the effects of the bill. Thirteen Republicans in the House did vote for it.

Wilmington Star-News: Will it transform NC? What’s in Biden’s massive infrastructure bill for the Tar Heel State
North Carolina’s nickname as the “Good Roads State” harks back more than a century to when it became a grassroots rallying cry to promote the building and maintenance of a state-maintained road network, which in the early 20th century lagged behind much of the rest of the nation. But with more than 3,000 miles of highways and nearly 1,450 bridges currently classified as in “poor” condition, there are 7.6 million or so North Carolina drivers who might argue the state has veered a little off course in living up to the moniker. State officials hope President Biden’s $1.2-trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which the president plans to sign Monday, will help smooth out many of those rough spots and provide a jolt to North Carolina’s economy.

WITN: NCDOT prepares for future projects as infrastructure bill heads to Biden’s desk
The U.S house passed a more than $1-trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill and now it’s headed to President Biden’s desk. The bill would help revamp broadband, utilities, and transportation across the nation. And it could affect one bridge in Eastern North Carolina. Ayden is home to the oldest bridge in Pitt County on Highway 11 above Swift Creek since 1939. Carlton Oakley, a member of Baptist Press, told WITN they’re surprised it’s still standing after all these years. “It’s a short bridge so it’s not a piece of concrete you expect to bend,” Oakley said. “It’s surprising that it’s actually that old. I would imagine that the D.O.T has it high on their priority list.”

WRAL: Plenty of NC projects to benefit from infrastructure package
From high-speed rail to high-speed internet, from clean water to clean energy, North Carolina will see numerous benefits from the $1 trillion infrastructure package Congress approved late Friday, officials said Monday. “Friday was a great day for this country and for North Carolina,” Democratic 2nd District Congresswoman Deborah Ross said during a news conference at Union Station in downtown Raleigh. “We are a powerful economic engine for our state and our region, but sadly, our infrastructure has not grown with our community.” As part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, North Carolina will receive $7.2 billion for highway programs, $457 million for bridge replacement and $910 million over five years to improve public transportation.