Passage of fiscal year 2022 spending bill will help implement Portman Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
March 11, 2022
WASHINGTON DC – U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that with passage of the final bipartisan spending bill for fiscal year 2022, states can fully harness the increased levels of highway and road formula funding. public transport, as authorized by the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Employment Act. With this action, $76 billion of bipartisan funding for infrastructure bills will now be implemented, allowing states to move forward with planning for the full use of this new funding.
With the passage of this omnibus spending bill, Ohio now has certainty that the state will receive the funding formula over the next five years: $9.2 billion in highway and $1.35 billion in support for public transit. Additionally, passage of this spending bill enables the Department of Transportation to implement seven grant programs included in the bipartisan Infrastructure Act:
- $12.5 billion bridge investment program
- $8.7 PROTECT Act Grant Program
- $6.4 billion carbon reduction program
- $2.5 Billion Competitive Charging and Refueling Subsidy Program
- $400 million grant program to reduce truck emissions at port facilities
- $5 billion Safe Streets and Roads for All grant program
- $8 billion Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects (INFRA) Competitive Grant Program
“I’m pleased the Senate passed the final bipartisan spending package for fiscal year 2022, which includes critical funding for our country’s infrastructure programs,” said Portman. “Last year, I worked with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass a historic investment in our country’s infrastructure, but these new funding opportunities could not be fully funded until Congress has not passed its final spending bill for fiscal year 2022. I urge the President to immediately sign this legislation so that Ohio and the states across the country can access this new funding available to them.
Last November, Portman’s bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Employment Act (IIJA) was enacted. It provided, through various programs, funding to improve roads, bridges, ports, etc. of our country – but many of these programs could not be fully funded until Congress approved a new spending program for fiscal year 2022, stalling the state’s infrastructure planning process around of the countryside. Once President Biden signs the spending bill into law, these transportation programs will be guaranteed funds for fiscal year 2022 under the IIJA.