WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Mayor Tishaura O. Jones spoke to local press after joining fellow mayors and state leaders, for a White House ceremony celebrating President Joe Biden’s signing of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act. The Act, which will create millions of good-paying union jobs, is a historic investment in our nation’s infrastructure, modernizing our infrastructure to put our country on a path to win the economic competition for the 21st century. The state of Missouri is slated to receive $9 billion over five years.
“The Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act brings $9 billion to Missouri to help repair our roads and bridges, fix our water systems, expand broadband internet access, and improve our public transit,” said Mayor Tishaura O. Jones. “The Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act is a strong first step; now, we need Congress to pass Build Back Better to help make our city stronger and safer by increasing funding for community violence intervention programs, expanding quality, affordable child care for working families, and extending the Child Tax Credit.”
Earlier today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi highlighted the need to pass the Build Back Better Act. Mayor Jones spoke recently with Vice President Kamala Harris about the need to pass the Build Back Better Act to increase funding for community violence intervention programs and extend the Child Tax Credit, which has lifted millions of children out of poverty. She visited Flance Early Learning Center with Mayor Quinton Lucas to highlight the importance of quality, affordable child care for working families, which would see significant funding through Build Back Better.
Mayor Jones will remain in Washington, D.C. this week to hold meetings with key departments on issues that will help move St. Louis forward. She will be meeting with the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, Federal Transit Administration, Congresswoman Cori Bush’s team, as well as attend and speak at portions of the NewDEAL Leaders Conference happening this week.