REDDING, Calif. — The California Farm Bureau (CFB) praised lawmakers for passing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. CFB President Jamie Johnson said, “This represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make the kind of investment we need to bring our rural infrastructure into the 21st century.”
According to the White House, California can expect the following:
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates that California would receive more than $45 billion in long-term funding.“This will benefit California’s farmers and ranchers, who are counting on improvements to millions of miles of roadways and waterways to get food to America’s dinner tables and upgraded ports to ship products to international markets,” Johansson said. “Our rural communities can thrive with expanded broadband and feel protected due to investments in forests that reduce wildfire dangers."
Northstate Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R) voted against the bill. In a statement, LaMalfa said, "While some pieces of this infrastructure bill are supportable, I can not vote for this current bill today as it contains far too much non-infrastructure spending, as well as triggering Democrat votes to also support passing of the Democrat’s tax increasing spend-a-holic reconciliation bill that would not pass on its own. We need focused infrastructure authorization to build for America’s true needs."
Representative John Garamendi (D) voted for the bill. In a statement about his vote, Garamendi said, “This is a historic piece of legislation, and a strong investment in our infrastructure and the middle class. The legislation includes much-needed support for America’s roads and bridges, water infrastructure, rural broadband, and more. It will also create new middle-class jobs by rebuilding our nation’s crumbling infrastructure using American materials and workers."
The bill passed Friday night following weeks of negotiations.