Biden touts U.S. infrastructure upgrades in Florida, Pennsylvania

WASHINGTON – President Biden hit the campaign trail in the battleground state of Pennsylvania on Thursday where he touted the trillion-dollar Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

“It’s the most significant investment in America’s infrastructure – roads, bridges,” said Biden.

Biden used The Fern Hallow Bridge which was the backdrop for his remarks on Thursday collapsed in January, hours before his visit to Pittsburgh.

“This is one of 2,400 bridges that are being repaired just this year because of this law,” Biden said.

Deputy Commerce Secretary Don Graves said, “we’re making these kinds of investments all over the country certainly in Florida.”

According to Graves, 408 bridges in Florida are in poor condition which is the same scenario for more than 3,500 miles of highway.

According to the White House, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will allow Florida to receive over $2.5 billion for transportation to invest in roads, bridges, public transit, ports and airports and over $275 million for clean water in 2022.

“We’re making the types of investments right now that are critically important for Florida to continue to have a strong economy going forward,” said Graves.

President Biden also visited to drum up voter support for Democratic candidates.

Governor John Fetterman, who is running for U.S. Senate showed his excitement when talking about the future of the country.

“I’ve never been more optimistic about America’s future than I am today – I really mean that,” said Fetterman.

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