Rep. Schrier Votes to Pass Historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Including Legacy Roads and Trails Legislation

November 5, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Kim Schrier, M.D. (WA-08) voted to pass the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which will provide critical infrastructure investments throughout Washington state and the nation. The bill also includes Rep. Schrier’s Legacy Roads and Trails Act and her priorities to curb wildfires, repair crumbling infrastructure, and generate hydropower all while protecting our wildlife and waterways.

“Whether it’s rush-hour traffic congestion, difficulty getting local goods to port, or trouble connecting rural areas both physically and virtually, we’ve all noticed the need for infrastructure improvements in our everyday lives,” said Rep. Schrier. “That’s why I’m proud to pass this historic bipartisan infrastructure and jobs bill, and secure funding for very necessary investments in communities throughout Washington and the country. As we recover from the coronavirus pandemic, this bill will help create jobs in the 8th district and strengthen our economy by investing in resilient 21st century infrastructure.”

The Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act further helps Washingtonians by including one of Rep. Schrier’s bills and provisions two other bills she has led, specifically:

  • The Legacy Roads and Trails Act, which leverages public and private funding to address our national backlog of deteriorating infrastructure, while protecting American rivers and streams, endangered fish, and community water systems
  • The National Prescribed Fire Act of 2021, which makes forests healthier, more resilient, and more resistant to catastrophic wildfires by increasing the pace and scale of prescribed burns, training firefighters in the use of prescribed fire, and streamlining smoke regulations in winter months to allow for more extensive wildfire prevention.
  • Twenty-First Century Dams Act, which would enhance the safety, grid resilience benefits and power generating capacity of America’s dams and provide historic funding to remove dams that are no longer necessary.

In addition, the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will:

  • Improve our highways and interchanges, while better connecting rural communities. 
    • Funding for projects with local or regional significance, including highways, bridges, culvert replacement, public transit, passenger rail, port infrastructure, and airport improvements including an estimated:
      • $4.7 billion for Washington highways and $605 million for Washington bridge repairs
      • $5.2 million for Pangborn Memorial Airport in Wenatchee
      • $71 million to expand the Electric Vehicle charging network in Washington
    • Funding for surface transportation grants to reduce congestion and get local goods to port 
  • Increase access to affordable and reliable high-speed internet
  • Fund culvert replacement and improve salmon recovery
    • New $1 billion program to remove, replace or restore culverts
  • Mitigate wildfires and protect forests
    • More than $8 billion for forests and wildfire risk reduction including Rep. Schrier’s prescribed fire provisions, funding for the firefighting workforce, new satellite and radio equipment, and assistance to states, local governments and tribes
    • Includes wildfires in the eligibility for the Stafford Act hazard mitigation program
    • The REPLANT Act which Rep Schrier helped lead to plant 1.2 billion trees on national forest lands creating nearly 49,000 jobs
  • Upgrade water infrastructure 
    • Funding water recycling and reuse projects, dam safety projects, and rural water projects, including the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan, to manage increasingly scarce water resources.
    • Funding to make sure our children aren’t exposed to lead in their school's drinking water.

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act now goes to the President’s desk for to be signed into law. When it is signed into law, the Legacy Roads and Trails Act will be Rep. Schrier’s 11th bill to be signed into law in three years.