(Airdate: January 24, 2022) U.S. Congressman Derek Kilmer joined the Board of County Commissioners meeting from 10:30 to 11am. Congressman Kilmer spoke about the current legislative session in Washington, DC with news about programs that are expected to have a big impact on Jefferson County.
The summary below was provided by and is used with the permission of Jefferson County Government.
“Obviously, this has been a really challenging time from the standpoint of our public health system,” Congressman Kilmer said. And, we’ve also faced some extraordinary economic challenges as well.”
His review of the past year included the Paycheck Protection Program and American Rescue Plan, but he spent time looking forward to current and future legislation. He said the Infrastructure Bill that was signed into law “is about putting people to work now and laying the foundation for economic growth over the long haul. By investing in roads, and bridges, and transit,and water systems, and ports, and in broadband.”
The bill makes historic investments in transportation, substantial investments in Port related infrastructure, and includes $23.4 billion for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure.
The Build Back Better Act – passed by the House and currently awaiting action in the Senate – would reduce the cost of childcare, provide universal preschool for three and four year olds, provide more rental assistance addressing the public housing repair backlog and investing in the National Housing Trust Fund to build and preserve more affordable homes. It also deals with energy bills.
To learn more and hear Congressman Kilmer’s presentation, here’s a link (1:30:59) :
To access the congressman’s website: kilmer.house.gov.