Must Read: Indiana expected to receive at least $6.6 billion for broadband investments, roads and bridges repairs, and updates to municipal public transportation systems
Despite lip service, not one Indiana Republican in Congress supported broadband and infrastructure projects – just like they did with the American Rescue Plan
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Democratic Party, the organization that advocates for the future of Indiana and its families, today issued the following statement to celebrate the U.S. House passing the elements of President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan. Under the proposed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Hoosier families will see better and stronger roads and bridges, a modernization of public transit, and a greater expansion on broadband internet access – which is an additional investment following the initial $250 million via the American Rescue Plan. Despite voting for a $2.3 trillion tax cut for big corporations and America’s richest in 2017 – which was immediately added to the national debt – Indiana Republicans chose to put their extreme partisanship ahead of the issues they campaign on when in the Hoosier State:
“When Joe Biden was sworn in as President, he promised Americans and Hoosiers that he would tell it straight and work across the aisle to form bipartisan coalitions to solve some of the most pressing problems facing the United States. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act accomplishes this goal and thanks to U.S. Congressmen André Carson and Frank Mrvan, this bill delivers for all of Indiana on issues like broadband internet, roads and bridges, and public transit while also forcing partisanship to take a back seat. Unfortunately, Indiana Republicans always chose extreme partisanship when it matters most over creating a better future for Hoosier families. Democrats look forward to holding Indiana Republicans accountable with every ribbon cutting or photo-op they attend as they take credit for work they did not do. Simply put: they said ‘NO’ before taking the dough.
The bipartisan infrastructure deal is yet another promise kept by President Biden, and Indiana Democrats look forward to the U.S. Congress passing the remainder of the Build Back Better agenda via reconciliation so that Hoosier families will have the opportunity to get affordable childcare, universal Pre-K, and additional access to Indiana’s HIP 2.0 program. While it was our hope some Indiana Republicans would join Democrats in this once-in-a-generation investment, their partisan hypocrisy will force them to say ‘NO’, which means Democrats will go it alone and campaign on how we delivered for Indiana and Hoosier families.”
– Mike Schmuhl, Chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party