FACTSHEET: WHAT REPUBLICANS WHO VOTED AGAINST INFRASTRUCTURE WOULD DENY THEIR CONSTITUENTS

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August 10, 2021

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FACTSHEET: WHAT REPUBLICANS WHO VOTED AGAINST INFRASTRUCTURE WOULD DENY THEIR CONSTITUENTS

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WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the U.S. Senate voted to pass the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal (BID), which makes critical investments in physical infrastructure, water infrastructure, broadband, and the country’s electric grid across all 50 states. When paired with the Build Back Better agenda, the BID will create millions of jobs, lower costs, and lower taxes for working families.

While the bill passed in the Senate with strong bipartisan support, several GOP Senators voted against the BID, despite the fact that it will deliver significant investments to improve their states’ crumbling infrastructure and is overwhelmingly supported by voters.

Below, read about some of the benefits for their constituents that those GOP Senators voted against:

South Dakota

Here’s what Senator John Thune (R-SD) was willing to pass up for South Dakota when he voted against Senate passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act:

  • Roads & Bridges: The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes at minimum $2.1 billion for South Dakota highway and bridge repairs.
  • Public Transit: The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes $370 million for public transportation improvements in South Dakota.
    • 47% of transit vehicles in South Dakota are past useful life.
    • South Dakotans who take public transportation spend an extra 97.7% of their time commuting.
  • Broadband: The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes a minimum of $100 million to help provide internet broadband access to South Dakotans who currently lack it.
    • 20,700 South Dakotans lack broadband access.
    • 205,000 (24%) of South Dakotans are eligible for the Affordability Connectivity Benefit, which will help low-income South Dakotans afford access to the internet.

Florida

Here’s what Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott (R-FL) were willing to pass up for Florida, which earned a “mediocre” (C) infrastructure rating, when they voted against Senate passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act:

  • Roads & Bridges: The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes at minimum $13.3 billion for Florida highway and bridge repairs.
  • Public Transit: The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes $2.6 billion for public transportation improvements in Florida.
    • 16% of transit vehicles in Florida are past useful life.
    • Floridians who take public transportation spend an extra 77.9% of their time commuting.
  • Broadband: The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes a minimum of $100 million to help provide internet broadband access to Floridians who currently lack it.
    • 707,000 Floridians lack broadband access.
    • 6,465,000 (30%) of Floridians are eligible for the Affordability Connectivity Benefit, which will help low-income Floridians afford access to the internet.

Indiana

Here’s what Senators Todd Young and Mike Braun (R-IN) were willing to pass up for Indiana when they voted against Senate passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act:

  • Roads & Bridges: The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes at minimum $7 billion for Indiana highway and bridge repairs.
  • Public Transit: The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes $682 million for public transportation improvements in Indiana.
    • 38% of public transit vehicles in Indiana are past useful life.
    • Indianans who take public transportation spend an extra 88.7% of their time commuting.
  • Broadband: The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes a minimum of $100 million to help provide internet broadband access to Indianans who currently lack it.
    • 217,000 Indianans lack broadband access.
    • 1,624,000 (24%) of Indianans are eligible for the Affordability Connectivity Benefit, which will help low-income Indianans afford access to the internet.

Pennsylvania

Here’s what Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) was willing to pass up for Pennsylvania, which earned a “mediocre” (C-) infrastructure rating, when he voted against Senate passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act:

  • Roads & Bridges: The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes at minimum $12.9 billion for Pennsylvania highway and bridge repairs.
  • Public Transit: The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes $2.8 billion for public transportation improvements in Pennsylvania.
    • 25% of public transit vehicles in Pennsylvania are past useful life.
    • Pennsylvanians who take public transportation spend an extra 68.8% of their time commuting.
  • Broadband: The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes a minimum of $100 million to help provide internet broadband access to Pennsylvanians who currently lack it.
    • 394,000 Pennsylvanians lack broadband access.
    • 2,917,000 (23%) of Pennsylvanians are eligible for the Affordability Connectivity Benefit, which will help low-income Pennsylvanians afford access to the internet.

Louisiana

Here’s what Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) was willing to pass up for Louisiana, which earned a “poor” (D+) infrastructure rating, when he voted against Senate passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act:

  • Roads & Bridges: The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes at minimum $5.8 billion for Louisiana highway and bridge repairs.
  • Public Transit: The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes $470 million for public transportation improvements in Louisiana.
    • 25% of public transit vehicles in Louisiana are past useful life.
    • Louisianans who take public transportation spend an extra 62.1% of their time commuting.
  • Broadband: The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes a minimum of $100 million to help provide internet broadband access to Louisianans who currently lack it.
    • 470,000 Louisianans lack broadband access.
    • 1,698,000 (37.2%) of Louisianans are eligible for the Affordability Connectivity Benefit, which will help low-income Louisianans afford access to the internet.

Kansas

Here’s what Senators Jerry Moran and Roger Marshall (R-KS) were willing to pass up for Kansas, which earned a “mediocre” (C) infrastructure rating, when they voted against Senate passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act:

  • Roads & Bridges: The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes at minimum $2.8 billion for Kansas highway and bridge repairs.
  • Public Transit: The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes $273 million for public transportation improvements in Kansans.
    • 12% of public transit vehicles in Kansas are past useful life.
    • Kansans who take public transportation spend an extra 65.7% of their time commuting.
  • Broadband: The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes a minimum of $100 million to help provide internet broadband access to Kansans who currently lack it.
    • 71,000 Kansans lack broadband access.
    • 669,000 (24%) of Kansans are eligible for the Affordability Connectivity Benefit, which will help low-income Kansans afford access to the internet.

Texas

Here’s what Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn (R-TX) were willing to pass up for Texas, which earned a “mediocre” (C) infrastructure rating, when they voted against Senate passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act:

  • Roads & Bridges: The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes at minimum $27.4 billion for Texas highway and bridge repairs.
  • Public Transit: The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes $3.3 billion for public transportation improvements in Texas.
    • 12% of public transit vehicles in Texas are past useful life.
    • Texas who take public transportation spend an extra 80.8% of their time commuting.
  • Broadband: The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes a minimum of $100 million to help provide internet broadband access to Texans who currently lack it.
    • 1,058,000 Texans lack broadband access.
    • 8,381,000 (29%) of Texans are eligible for the Affordability Connectivity Benefit, which will help low-income Texans afford access to the internet.

Oklahoma

Here’s what Senators James Lankford and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) were willing to pass up for Oklahoma when they voted against Senate passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act:

  • Roads & Bridges: The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes at minimum $4.5 billion for Oklahoma highway and bridge repairs.
  • Public Transit: The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes $354 million for public transportation improvements in Oklahoma.
    • 25% of transit vehicles in Oklahoma are past useful life.
    • Oklahomans who take public transportation spend an extra 50.5% of their time commuting.
  • Broadband: The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes a minimum of $100 million to help provide internet broadband access to Oklahomans who currently lack it.
    • 368,000 Oklahomans lack broadband access.
    • 1,122,000 (29%) of Oklahomans are eligible for the Affordability Connectivity Benefit, which will help low-income Oklahomans afford access to the internet.

Utah

Here’s what Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) was willing to pass up for Utah when he voted against Senate passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act:

  • Roads & Bridges: The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes at minimum $2.6 billion for Utah highway and bridge repairs.
  • Public Transit: The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes $626 million for public transportation improvements in Utah.
    • 17% of public transit vehicles in Utah are past useful life.
    • Utahns who take public transportation spend an extra 103.5% of their time commuting.
  • Broadband: The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes a minimum of $100 million to help provide internet broadband access to Utahns who currently lack it.
    • 104,000 Utahns lack broadband access.
    • 700,000 (22%) of Utahns are eligible for the Affordability Connectivity Benefit, which will help low-income Utahns afford access to the internet.

 

Wisconsin

Here’s what Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) was willing to pass up for Wisconsin, which earned a “mediocre” (C) infrastructure rating, when he voted against Senate passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act:

  • Roads & Bridges: The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes at minimum $5.4 billion for Wisconsin highway and bridge repairs.
  • Public Transit: The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes $595 million for public transportation improvements in Wisconsin.
    • 29% of public transit vehicles in Wisconsin are past useful life.
    • Wisconsinites who take public transportation spend an extra 62.7% of their time commuting.
  • Broadband: The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes a minimum of $100 million to help provide internet broadband access to Wisconsinites who currently lack it.
    • 318,000 Wisconsinites lack broadband access.
    • 1,246,000 (22%) of Wisconsinites are eligible for the Affordability Connectivity Benefit, which will help low-income Wisconsinites afford access to the internet.

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