AAMA: Signing of Landmark Infrastructure Bill Marks Major Step
Published on November 15, 2021
(Washington, D.C.) — Today, President Joe Biden signed a monumental, bipartisan infrastructure bill into law. Members of the African American Mayors Association were in attendance for the signing, including Sylvester Turner (Houston, TX), Frank Scott (Little Rock, AR), Steve Benjamin (Columbia, SC), Keisha Lance Bottoms (Atlanta, GA), Tishaura Jones (St. Louis, MO), Lori Lightfoot (Chicago, IL), Victoria Woodards (Tacoma, WA), LaToya Cantrell (New Orleans, LA), Brandon Scott (Baltimore, MD), Quinton Lucas (Kansas City, MO), Vince Williams (Union City, MD), Adrian Perkins (Shreveport, LA), Levar Stoney (Richmond, VA), Randall Woodfin (Birmingham, AL), Steven Reed (Montgomery, AL) and Michael Hancock (Denver, CO).
Mayor Turner, president of the African American Mayors Association, issued the following statement:
“I am honored today to join the president, mayors, governors, business leaders, and union leaders from across the country to participate in the signing of this revolutionary, bipartisan infrastructure plan. There’s no question that the plan will supercharge our economy and propel our nation forward. It will help repair our broken roads, trains, and bridges and improve access to the internet in underserved areas -- while creating well-paying union jobs.
“The investments in combating environmental racism and replacing lead pipes and other toxic materials in older cities are of utmost importance to Black mayors and our constituents. Since the very beginning of our nation, Black communities have borne the brunt of polluting infrastructure and industry, resulting in devastating health impacts. The infrastructure plan begins to repair these inequities.
“We are proud to see former Mayor Mitch Landrieu (New Orleans, LA) oversee the plan. We are confident that he will ensure cities and diverse communities receive equitable access to these critical investments, in keeping with President Biden’s racial equity commitments and executive orders.”