WASHINGTON, D.C.– U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin applauded an announcement from the Biden administration that Wisconsin is receiving a $115,683,672 investment in our public transit systems for Fiscal Year 2022. The new funding from the Baldwin-supported infrastructure law will enable transit agencies statewide to buy new buses and railcars, address repair backlogs, modernize fleets, and transition to new technologies to reduce costs and address environmental impacts. These upgrades will support the expansion of U.S. manufacturing due to Buy America requirements that Senator Baldwin championed in the legislation that apply to steel, iron and other materials used in public transportation projects that receive federal assistance.
“I voted for the infrastructure law because it will create jobs and put Wisconsin to work rebuilding our infrastructure and updating our transit systems,” said Senator Baldwin. “This investment from the Biden-Harris Administration in Wisconsin will allow communities to modernize outdated, costly bus and trains fleets and invest in more cost efficient technologies, all while supporting our Made in America economy. I am especially proud of working across party lines to lead the effort to ensure we included strong Buy America standards in the infrastructure legislation because when we rebuild our infrastructure and update our transit, we need to support American workers, manufacturers, and businesses.”
In 2019, Senator Baldwin secured a bipartisan amendment in the National Defense Authorization Act to strengthen Buy American requirements when the federal government is investing in rail or buses, preventing federal funds from being used by transit agencies to buy rail cars or buses manufactured by Chinese state-owned, controlled, or subsidized companies.
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