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Opinion: Why we need Biden’s infrastructure plan

Biden's plan is a symbol that America’s hyperpolarized democracy can come together when it needs to, and it seems very close to doing so.
<a href="" target="_self">Ethan Rhee</a>

Ethan Rhee

December 4, 2021

Let’s face it: America’s infrastructure is crumbling, and something must be done.

With the ASCE giving America’s infrastructure a D+ on its report card and the U.S. Department of Transportation reporting that 65% of roads are in “less than good” condition, infrastructure is no longer a Republican or Democrat issue.

This isn’t a state or federal issue. This is not a private or public sector issue. This is an American issue.

Well-developed infrastructure has the potential to bind us together as a country and to improve trade and communication across the board. On the other hand, America’s current infrastructure only creates a lack of efficiency in our commercial ecosystems.

So on June 24, President Biden’s administration proposed a $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework. This plan would holistically improve America’s general infrastructure with an emphasis on clean transportation, water, broadband and power infrastructure. It also focuses on the “remediation of legacy pollution and resilience to the changing climate,” according to the White House. 

On November 5, Axion reported that the House approved the plan with 13 Republicans voting for the proposition and 6 Democrats voting against it. And after months of anticipation, CNBC reported that on November 15, Biden signed his plan into action.

So what exactly is going to happen?

$1.2 trillion will be spent over the next 8 years to improve all aspects of infrastructure.

$550 billion will be spent immediately to remediate the worst of the worst.

Of this $550 billion, notably:

  • $110 billion will be spent on bridges and roads
  • $73 billion will be spent on electric grids and power
  • $21 billion will be spent on environmental remediation expenditures
  • $7.5 billion will be spent on electric vehicle investments

As other developed nations such as Singapore and South Korea pull ahead in modern technology, it’s clear that the U.S. desperately needs an update. However, Biden’s plan is more than that. To many, it’s a symbol that America’s hyperpolarized democracy can come together when it needs to, and it seems very close to doing so.

Read more about Biden’s initial proposal here.