By The Numbers: The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Will Deliver for Florida

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FLORIDA — The White House yesterday released a new report highlighting the impact on Florida of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal, the largest long-term investment in our infrastructure and competitiveness in nearly a century.
For decades, infrastructure in Florida has suffered from a systemic lack of investment. The new report illustrates how President Biden’s historic legislation will deliver for Florida and make life better for millions of Florida residents, create a generation of good-paying union jobs and economic growth, and position the United States to win the 21st century.

“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal will be a game changer for the State of Florida,” said Florida Democratic Party Chair Manny Diaz. “It will improve the mobility of people and goods across our state, help us address the threat of climate change and extend the benefits of internet connectivity to more Floridians than ever before. President Biden and the Democrats are delivering on the economic recovery and this plan will ensure our economy continues to grow for the benefit of all Floridians.”

Specifically, here’s what the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal will deliver for Florida:

  • At least $13.1 billion to repair Florida’s 3,564 miles of highway in poor condition.
  • At least $245 million to repair and replace Florida’s 408 bridges in poor condition.
  • At least $2.6 billion to improve public transportation options across Florida
  • At least $198 million for the expansion of an EV charging network in Florida. 
  • At least $100 million to help provide broadband coverage across the state, including providing access to the at least 707,000 Floridians who currently lack it.
  • Roughly 6.5 million Floridians will be eligible for the Affordability Connectivity Benefit, which will help low-income families afford internet access.

Statement by FDP Spokesman José Dante Parra on Florida Leading the Nation in Pediatric COVID Hospital Admissions on Tuesday

On Tuesday August 3rd, 2021 the State of Florida reported the highest number of pediatric COVID hospital admissions in the nation. On that day alone 46 children with confirmed COVID-19 cases were admitted to Florida hospitals and an additional 22 were hospitalized with suspected cases. Moreover a Miami Herald analysis found that the sharpest increase over the past month has been seen among Florida kids younger than 12.
This news comes as parents and students across the state are preparing for the beginning of the school year, which in many Florida counties begins next week.

In response to this development, Florida Democratic Party Spokesperson José Dante Parra issued the following statement:

“Tuesday’s high rate of pediatric COVID-19 admissions is frightening news as Florida parents and their children are about to embark on a new school year. Our focus should be on how to keep kids and their families safe as virus cases continue to increase while students prepare to return to classrooms across the state.

“Unfortunately, these children will likely be returning to unnecessarily hazardous environments because, in the middle of an unprecedented spike in COVID-19 cases, the Governor decided to prohibit school districts from adopting public health precautions to slow down the rate of infections.

“Governor DeSantis’s unconscionable irresponsibility on this matter simply cannot be overstated. The science is clear: masks help to slow the spread of COVID-19. His decision to forbid school districts from requiring the use of masks is cruel and outrageous, especially as it pertains to children under 12 years of age, who are not currently eligible for vaccination.

“DeSantis’s move, designed to appeal to radical anti-mask extremists in his own party as he pursues a presidential run in 2024, has shown Floridians how twisted his priorities are. In the Governor’s mind, his political ambitions outweigh the health and lives of our state’s children.”

Statement from FDP Chair Manny Diaz in Response to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s Visit to Miami

[On Aug. 4,] House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy will visit Miami’s Versailles Restaurant to attend a rally focused on Cuba.

In reaction to Leader’s McCarthy’s visit, Florida Democratic Party Chairman Manny Diaz issued the following statement:

“Throughout the long years that we Cuban exiles in Florida have suffered as our homeland has been mismanaged and destroyed by a brutal and incompetent communist regime, we have become accustomed to certain things. One of them is seeing insincere, carpetbagging Washington Republicans coming down to Miami looking to reap the political benefits that often accrue from pandering to our community. 

“It was, therefore, no surprise to learn that House Minority Leader would be rushing to South Florida in the wake of the recent pro-democracy protests in Cuba. Like so many before, he will wax poetic over a pastelito and a colada about just how quickly democracy could be brought to Cuba if, but only if, Republicans were once again handed the reins of power. In our community, it has become a sad cliché.

“What makes Minority Leader’s McCarthy’s visit to Miami more galling than usual, though, is the fact that he is one of the least credible voices possible when it comes to championing the ideals of democracy. 

“His craven attempts to undermine the House’s investigations into the violent insurrection targeting Congress on January 6th and his vote to overturn the results of the 2020 elections are all the evidence we need that Kevin McCarthy’s words in support of democracy have no weight whatsoever. McCarthy’s coddling of a failed, twice-impeached ex-president who inspired an attack on the seat of our Legislative Branch, and tried to coerce public officials into assisting him in his attempts to remain in power despite having lost the elections, is emblematic of Leader McCarthy’s disdain for democracy and its values.

“If House Minority Leader McCarthy is so interested in defending democracy, civility and the rule of law he should start by first changing his own ways. He should then follow up by leading a renewal of his own party so it will uphold those same principles right here at home. If he feels some pastelitos and colada might help steel his resolve, we are sure delivery can be arranged.”

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Florida Democrats believe in effective and efficient government that prioritizes quality education, affordable health care, and an economy in which anyone who works hard can succeed.

Most importantly, we believe that we are stronger together. We believe the fundamental American promise — that you can go as far as your own hard work will take you — should shine brightest in Florida.

That is why we champion the middle class and cherish the principle that all Floridians should have the opportunity to work hard and succeed. That is why we will never stop fighting for better public schools, because education is the surest path to a better life for millions.

From standing for affordable health care and better schools to fighting for civil rights and access to the ballot box, Florida Democrats are leading every day to move our state forward.

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