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Biden Visits Minnesota to Promote Infrastructure Bill

Voice of America
01 Dec 2021, 16:05 GMT+10

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday visits a Minnesota technical college to sell Americans on his recently approved $1 trillion infrastructure plan, which the administration says will train millions of Americans "for the high-growth jobs of the future" that will build the massive infrastructure Biden says the U.S. needs to compete globally.

This is Biden's first visit to the state known as the 'Land of 10,000 Lakes' since he was elected president. He plans to visit Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, Minnesota, to speak to students about the legislation and how it affects them.

"The majority of jobs supported by the president's Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill will not need a four-year college degree," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday, ahead of the trip. "And the programs provided by community and technical colleges like Dakota County Technical College will provide the training and skill development needed to help workers access the jobs created."

The public, two-year technical college serves nearly 13,000 students across multiple disciplines, including construction and manufacturing.

The White House estimates that under the new law, Minnesota will receive $4.5 billion for federal-aid highways; $302 million for bridges; $818 million for public transportation; $680 million to improve water infrastructure; and $100 million that aims to cover every resident with high-speed internet.

The legislation also will provide about $68 million to expand the state's electric vehicle charging network, and Minnesota will receive a slice of the $50 billion the law allocates to strengthening infrastructure against the impacts of climate change.

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