Congressman García’s Statement on the American Jobs Plan

March 31, 2021
Press Release
Transportation and Infrastructure Policy is a Matter of Racial and Socioeconomic Justice

CHICAGO, IL  Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04), Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and co-founder of the Future of Transportation Caucus, released the following statement on President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan:

“Transportation and infrastructure policy is a matter of racial and socioeconomic justice. For decades, Latino, Black, and other marginalized communities have suffered segregation, gentrification, and have been separated from opportunity by physical barriers like train tracks and highways. The American Jobs Plan announced by President Biden will begin to undo decades of discrimination in infrastructure policy by investing in our communities, creating millions of good-paying union jobs, rebuilding our country’s infrastructure and maintaining the United States’ global competitiveness.

“Throughout the northwest and southwest sides of Chicago kids are expected to learn in schools without proper heating systems. During the pandemic the digital divide widened, leaving thousands of students without access to the internet and even further behind their peers. The President’s plan would modernize our schools, child and elderly care facilities, and establish universal broadband access to close the achievement gap, replace 100% of the nation’s lead service lines to ensure clean drinking water, and eliminate an infrastructure repair backlog of more than $1 trillion.

“The Plan includes $85 billion to modernize public transit systems like CTA, Metra, and Pace Bus, so that working families like the ones in my district are not cut off from jobs, health care, or school simply because they can't afford a car.

“We have a once-in-a century opportunity to make transformational capital investments to fix our crumbling roads, bridges, and transit systems and actually deliver on the slogan Build Back Better. Though I wanted to see a bolder package that included free college tuition and more funding for our care economy, I’m excited to work with the Biden administration to move this package forward to ensure future infrastructure and transportation investments foster social and economic justice, not displacement and inequity.”

A fact sheet on the American Jobs Plan can be here.