What’s at stake for Louisiana in today’s infrastructure bill vote 

U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C.

A vote is scheduled today in the U.S. House on a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that would send $6 billion to Louisiana for roads and bridges during the first five years of its rollout. 

According to The Daily Advertiser, all five Louisiana House Republicans—Garret Graves of Baton Rouge, Clay Higgins of Lafayette, Mike Johnson of Benton, Julia Letlow of Start and Steve Scalise of Metairie—will vote against the bill. Louisiana’s lone Democrat, Troy Carter of New Orleans, plans to vote for it. 

Following are some segments of the infrastructure bill that could benefit Louisiana directly:

  • Increases Louisiana’s 2021 federal highway dollars allotment of $768 million by $378 million during the first year alone.
  • Creates an $8.7 billion program nationwide to help states like Louisiana improve resiliency of transportation infrastructure, evacuation routes and at-risk coastal areas.
  • Authorizes, but doesn’t fund an Interstate 14 corridor to run from Georgia to Texas, which would include Louisiana stops in Leesville and Alexandria, continuing through Natchez, Miss., and Alabama up to Augusta, Ga.
  • Provides $65 billion in grants nationwide for broadband deployment. 

Read more about the legislation and how it could impact Louisiana from The Daily Advertiser.