New Mexico Senators Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Luján welcomed the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act which passed the Senate on Tuesday. It’s the first piece of President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan that will make investments in creating good-paying jobs and solving climate change, and increase access to affordable high-speed internet, reliable public transit, and clean drinking water. Luján is the Chair of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Media, and Broadband, and he fought to expand the Affordability Connectivity Benefit in the Senate-passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Lujan says this benefit will help more than 785,000 New Mexicans afford internet access.
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will also help lower prices for internet service by requiring funding recipients to offer a low-cost affordable plan, requiring providers to display a “Broadband Nutrition Label” that will help families comparison shop for a better deal, and by boosting competition in areas where existing providers aren’t providing adequate service.
“The bipartisan infrastructure legislation delivers strong investments to increase access to reliable internet, and I was proud to fight to expand the Affordability Connectivity Benefit which will help more than 785,000 New Mexicans afford internet access,” said Luján.
In addition to expanded broadband access for the state, both Lujan and Heinrich voted to secure provisions to prevent drunk and impaired driving, clean up orphaned oil and gas wells, fund water and wastewater projects for Native communities, and other measures to support New Mexicans.
Last month, Senate Democrats announced a framework agreement of $3.5 trillion in FY2022 Budget Reconciliation instructions to enact the “Build Back Better” plan. This proposal is the parallel track to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and includes major investments in climate action and provides educational support and long-term economic opportunities for America’s families. The Senate is expected to now consider the budget resolution.