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Pennsylvanians will reap the benefits of historic legislation

LINDA WALLACE

State College

Critical Infrastructure Funding is coming to Pennsylvania!

Thank goodness!

Finally, there’s going to be money funded by President Biden’s new bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill for urgently needed community projects that will benefit the lives of Pennsylvania residents everywhere.

There will be money for building and repairing roads; bridges; trains; airports; expanding rural internet access; training workers for new energy efficient jobs; cleaning up toxic gas/oil wells, polluted streams, and old nuclear plants; manufacturing electric cars; fighting climate change weather events and, yes, replacing old, faulty lead water pipes that poison our children and grandchildren’s futures.

As quoted by U.S. Sen. Bob Casey’s staff in the CDT (Nov. 17), “Pennsylvania, with roughly 160,000 lead sewer lines in place now, will receive about $1.4 billion over the next five years” to help rid lead from our precious water.

Gov, Tom Wolf’s “Restore PA” infrastructure investment program can now move forward despite being blocked for years by a Republican controlled Pennsylvania Legislature, headed by Sen. Jake Corman and Rep, Kerry Benninghoff, and despite U.S. Reps. Fred Keller and Glenn Thompson casting NO votes for this infrastructure bill in the U.S. House of Representatives on Nov. 6.

Kudos to all the other U.S. legislators who voted YES for this massive, historic piece of legislation.

All the residents of Pennsylvania, and the nation as a whole, especially our children, will positively reap the long-term benefits from this bill for years to come.

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