President Biden will travel to New York City next week to discuss the impact on the local economy of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package he signed in November 2021, the White House said.
The 80-year-old president will arrive in the Big Apple next Tuesday after stopping in Baltimore, Maryland on Monday to promote the massive infrastructure package that passed Congress with bipartisan support.
“In New York City, the President will discuss how funding for the Hudson River Tunnel project through the bipartisan Infrastructure Act will improve reliability for 200,000 passengers per day using Amtrak and New Jersey Transit,” announced White House Press Secretary Karine Jean- Pierre, on Monday.
According to the White House, the long-delayed Hudson River Tunnel project “will create good-paying jobs, including union jobs; reduced commute times; and increase security.”
The president plans to discuss how the Infrastructure Act and his economic plan “will lead to billions of dollars in private sector investment” in New York and other parts of the country.
Then, outgoing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio attended the bill’s signing ceremony at the White House in November 2021 and told reporters the mammoth spending bill was “incredible” and would “make history.”
“It’s going to mean so much for New York City,” de Blasio said at the time. “It means a future for the MTA that we can count on, it means Vision Zero, it means safety, it means bike lanes, it means the Gateway Tunnel, it’s incredible.”
“This will change the history of our city,” he added.
The bipartisan infrastructure bill gives an $8 billion boost to the Gateway project, which includes the new tunnel as well as repairs to existing tubes devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
“This railroad tunnel is like the aorta,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told The Post in November 2021. “It’s the vital link that connects one side of the Hudson to the other and connects Boston to Washington.”
The bill was supported by some GOP senators, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sens. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Susan Collins (R-Maine ) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio).
Progressive Democrats, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), opposed the legislation, claiming Biden was exaggerating the bill’s impact. She and others hoped to pass a larger social and environmental spending bill.
The infrastructure bill would add $256 billion to the federal deficit over 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office.