Policy Alert: Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Passes the House

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Policy Alert: Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Passes the House

November 8, 2021



Last Friday night, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3684 - the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.  The bill is now headed to President Joe Biden and is excepted to be signed into law later tonight. The bill will bring another unprecedented investment into Indian Country with around $15 Billion in direct funding. The new legislation will aim to address and revamp various infrastructure issues in Native American communities.

There will be $43.2 million per year for the next five years dedicated to tribal climate resilience, adaptation, and community relocation planning, design, and implementation. The bill provides grants to tribal nations to promote clean drinking water and ocean management as well as $150 million tribal set-aside for orphaned well site plugging remediation and restoration.

In terms of transportation, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will provide over $5 billion to various tribal specific programs. This will include $3.01 billion for the Tribal Transportation Program (TTP), $229.1 million for Public Transportation on Indian Reservations/Tribal Transit Program, $270 million for the Road Maintenance Program, as well as other transportation projects.

Tribal Nations will also see funding in bridge investment, broadband connectivity, healthcare infrastructure, and cybersecurity. More about infrastructure funding specific to Indian Country can be found in our memo here.

NAFOA will continue to work with Congress and the Administration as the implementation of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act goes into effect.

Resources:
Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Text
NAFOA Memo on Infrastructure Bill
White House Infrastructure Fact Sheet

For any other questions or concerns, please contact Nicholas Lovesee, Senior Policy Advisor, at nicholas@nafoa.org.

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