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Democrats to Propose $15 Billion to Address Highway Inequities

April 19, 2021, 5:41 PM

Democrats began translating President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan into legislation Monday with a bill to reconnect urban communities cut off by highways.

The bill from Senate Democrats, led by Environment and Public Works Chairman Tom Carper (Del.), would create grants to finance the removal or retrofitting of highway overpasses and depressed highways that have harmed neighborhoods often occupied by low-income individuals and communities of color.

The legislation would authorize $15 billion over five years for the program. Biden’s $2.25 trillion infrastructure and jobs package released last month proposed $20 billion for a new plan “to reconnect neighborhoods cut off by ...