MEMO: What are Arizonans saying about the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act?

Aug 17, 2021

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act led by Senator Kyrsten Sinema

  • A historic $110 billion investment to upgrade America’s roads and bridges
  • $65 to strengthen electricity grids around the country and promote resilience of power infrastructure to prevent outages
  • The strongest investment ever in clean drinking water—with more than $8 billion to strengthen water systems throughout the American West, including creating or conserving 100,000 acre feet of water yearly at Lake Mead
  • $65 billion to deploy high-speed broadband, expand broadband internet access, and help families afford broadband service 

What are Arizonans Saying?
Inter Tribal Association of Arizona (Vice Chairman Shan Lewis, Fort Mojave Indian Tribe, President of the Inter Tribal Association)
“The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act led by Senator Sinema will make historic and long overdue investments in Tribal communities. These investments will be in support of Tribal roads, clean water, broadband, security, and will help expand jobs and business opportunities on Tribal lands. We support Senator Sinema’s leadership on this effort and urge swift passage of this historic bill into law.”
Arizona Chamber of Commerce
“After months of negotiations between both parties, the Senate’s passage of this legislation marks a critical first step in improving the infrastructure of Arizona and the United States. Arizona’s job creators applaud Sen. Sinema for her commitment to bipartisan cooperation that has resulted in a bill that will make major advancements in the state’s ability to connect its rural communities to high-speed internet, to facilitate cross-border trade through its international ports of entry, to better manage our precious water resources, and much more. We encourage the House to take up this bill as soon as possible so that it can be signed into law.”
Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce (Julie Pastrick, President/CEO)
“With Senator Sinema fighting in Washington for rural Arizona, rural Arizonans keep winning. Her leadership on the bi-partisan infrastructure bill provides much needed results for northern Arizona including important airport improvements, and much needed broadband access and expansion.
Senator Sinema is helping narrow the digital divide for rural Arizonans, and our business communities will be better off for the work.”
Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego
“The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is an exciting step forward towards re-emerging from the pandemic. It will accelerate completion of critical transportation projects, as well as many important infrastructure priorities. These projects will allow us to create more high-paying jobs and connect every resident to economic opportunities across our city. Phoenix applauds Senator Sinema and congress’ work to shape and pass this important legislation.”
Globe Mayor Al Gameros
“Senator Sinema not only knows the pulse of Arizona, but of America. The Bi-partisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 is comprehensive and meaningful legislation that will positively affect every aspect of our citizen’s lives. In particular, I am thrilled to see that Senator Sinema was able to include an additional $200 million for the Forest Service’s Burned Area Recovery (BEAR) program to assist with post-fire recovery including erosion control projects like those needed near Globe, Arizona, following this year’s Telegraph Fire. Senator Sinema continues to deliver for Globe and Arizona and we are proud of her hard work to make this legislation a reality.”
Pinnacle West/APS (Jeff Guldner, APS Chairman/CEO)
“We applaud Senator Sinema’s efforts on the bipartisan infrastructure bill. Arizonans will benefit from infrastructure investments including energy grid enhancements, new carbon-free technologies, electric school buses, vehicle charging stations and rural broadband; all of which support our state’s clean energy future and APS’s path to serving customers reliably and affordably with 100-percent carbon-free energy.”
Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association (Kim Sabow, President/CEO)
“Arizona’s tourism industry is the cornerstone of our economy, welcoming 46.8 million overnight visitors in 2019 who spent $26.5 billion in the Grand Canyon State. The COVID-19 pandemic brought the industry to a halt, impacting countless businesses and employees. As we continue to navigate the pandemic, it is vital that federal leaders make strategic investments that will allow the industry to recover and thrive. The bipartisan infrastructure package will provide much needed resources to Arizona’s airports, highways, and other modes of transportation to make travel more efficient. We thank Senator Sinema for her steadfast leadership on this historic package and urge swift approval in the U.S. House of Representatives.”
Greater Phoenix Economic Council (Chris Camacho, President/CEO)
“Sen. Sinema’s efforts to pass critical bipartisan legislation that advances Arizona’s current and future infrastructure is vital to meet the ongoing demands of our state.
Investments in roads, bridges, broadband access expansion and key investments to help expand electric vehicle infrastructure will greatly benefit Arizona residents.”
The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (full text available HERE) proposes the strongest investment in America’s critical infrastructure in more than a century without raising taxes on everyday Americans.
The legislation is the result of bipartisan negotiations led by U.S. Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Rob Portman (Ohio), with Senators from both parties and President Biden. 
Click HERE to see how the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act strengthens Tribal communities
Click HERE to see how the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act strengthens wildfire mitigation
Click HERE to see how the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act strengthens water systems
Click HERE to see how the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act strengthens airports
Click HERE to see how the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act strengthens electricity and power grids