Like many of you, I was thrilled to hear the news last week that Rhode Island will be keeping both of our congressional districts. Thanks to the phenomenal work of the Complete Count Committee and all Rhode Islanders who completed their census forms, Rhode Island will still have two voices in the U.S. House of Representatives for the next decade. I’ve been honored to serve Rhode Island as one of those voices, and I will continue to use my voice to speak up for working families across our state.
Congress is focused on crushing the COVID-19 virus and getting Americans back to work. After passing the American Rescue Plan, which has brought billions of dollars in federal funding into the Ocean State, we are now working hard to advance President Biden’s American Jobs Plan to make a once-in-a-generation investment in our aging infrastructure.
The American Jobs Plan will devote $600 billion towards transforming the nation’s transportation infrastructure, including $85 billion to modernize our public transit, and $50 billion to improve climate resiliency. President Biden’s plan will invest $400 billion to expand access to home and community-based services for older Americans and people with disabilities, improving quality of care and creating good-paying jobs in the caregiving workforce. I will also fight hard to ensure that robust funding for career and technical education and workforce development programs make it over the finish line, and I applaud the President’s American Families Plan for addressing teacher shortages and improving the quality of education.
With more than 60% of adult Rhode Islanders at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19, we are finally turning a corner in the battle to defeat this pandemic. Still, our work is far from over, and I remain as committed as ever to keeping Rhode Islanders healthy and getting our economy back on track.
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