Congressman Lynch believes we need to continue to make robust investments in our existing infrastructure to repair or replace our crumbling roads and bridges, provide affordable access to broadband and phone services, and keep our air and water safe. He supports modernizing our public transportation to ensure communities have energy efficient transportation and incentivizing our communities to plan streets and other infrastructure to lower our carbon footprint. As Congress funds new grants programs, authorizes agencies aimed to help our constituents, and oversees vital transportation systems, Congressman Lynch ensures that safety is the key principle guiding these decisions.
Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
Congressman Lynch believes that it is vital that our government works to improve our infrastructure for millions of working families who commute to work and school every day. Under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Massachusetts is set to benefit from more than $9 billion in federal investments. These allocations will repair our roads and bridges, improve our transit system, and make a meaningful impact on our climate – a dedicated $4.2 billion for road improvements, $1.1 billion for bridge replacement and repair, and $2.5 billion for enhancing public transit systems like the MBTA. In addition, Massachusetts will receive $1.1 billion to improve its water infrastructure, helping to provide clean and safe drinking water across the Commonwealth. Massachusetts is also expected to receive over $400 million for airport infrastructure and electric vehicle charging stations to update and improve the convenience and technology of Massachusetts transportation.
Inflation Reduction Act
Climate change is one of the greatest threats that our nation faces and actions we take today can have a lasting impact on generations to come. It is crucial that Congress works to invest in environmentally sustainable, eco-friendly infrastructure while also ensuring our local communities have the resources to do the same. In August 2022, Congress passed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). This historic legislation is the single largest investment to address the growing climate crisis in our country’s history and will put the U.S. on track to reduce its carbon emissions by roughly 40 percent by 2030. Included in the IRA is the Alternative Fuel and Low-Emission Aviation Technology Program—$244.5 million for sustainable aviation fuel infrastructure projects, $46.5 million for low emission aviation technologies, and $5.9 million to administer the program.
Water Resources Development Act
It is essential that Congress works to ensure our communities have access to clean, plentiful water. Congressman Lynch was pleased to help pass the bipartisan Water Resources Development Act of 2022 (WRDA) which authorizes the Army Corps of Engineers projects to improve our communities’ waterways. For the 8th District of Massachusetts, WRDA means repairs and rehabilitation of the seawall and revetment known as Seawall Boulevard at Point Allerton in Hull, as well as repairs and rehabilitation of the breakwater on Seal Rock off the Crescent Beach Lagoon. WRDA also includes an expedited scoping study on the New Charles River Dam to assess the ability of the new dam to meet changing climate conditions.
Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization
This reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) provides a framework to maintain America’s leadership in aviation safety and aerospace innovation, strengthens and diversifies our aviation workforce, improves consumer protections and accessibility, and makes groundbreaking investments in sustainability and resiliency. Congressman Lynch is a co-chair on the Quiet Skies Caucus which aims to reduce and redistribute aircraft noise fairly. Accordingly, the FAA Reauthorization includes important amendments led by Congressman Lynch to ensure that communities and citizens in areas impacted by noise pollution can join the task force and the community collaboration program where their voices are invaluable in identifying and then reducing airplane noise. The reauthorization also strengthens America’s general aviation sector, grows the aviation workforce, invests in U.S. Airport infrastructure, upholds America’s gold standard for safety, and enhances the passenger experience.
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