South Carolina must focus on improving and modernizing our critical infrastructure if we are going to continue growing a strong, resilient economy that supports our major industries, strengthens local businesses, and creates jobs for hardworking South Carolinians. Fortunately, through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, we are moving key infrastructure projects forward across the state.
As South Carolinians prepare for another hurricane season, the need to strengthen and invest in coastal resilience and flood mitigation has never been greater.
South Carolina’s aging infrastructure is in need of repair that will set future generations up for success. The recently passed bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will do just that by investing in our critical infrastructure needs to ensure our state is able to support continued population growth in our major metro areas as well as deliver the basic services currently lacking in rural parts of the state.
South Carolina is poised for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that can improve the quality of life for its citizens while growing our state’s economy. South Carolina could receive nearly $5 billion in federal funds from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act — a multi-trillion-dollar federal spending bill that provides funds to build and improve infrastructure across the United States.
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), a $1.2 trillion federal investment to improve U.S. infrastructure, has passed the Senate and will move forward to the House of Representatives on Thursday, September 30, 2021. The Act was originally scheduled to be voted on Monday, September 27, 2021. The IIJA provides the opportunity to enhance the country’s deteriorating infrastructure while simultaneously boosting the economy.