Biden to tout Hudson River Tunnel project, infrastructure law in NYC next week

President Biden will travel to New York City next week to discuss the impacts the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package he signed into law in November 2021 is having on the local economy, according to the White House.  

The 80-year-old president will arrive in the Big Apple next Tuesday, after a stop in Baltimore, Maryland, on Monday, to tout the massive infrastructure package that passed Congress with bipartisan support.

“In New York City, the President will discuss how Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding for the Hudson River Tunnel project will improve reliability for the 200,000 passengers trips per day on Amtrak and New Jersey Transit,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre announced Monday.

According to the White House, the long-delayed Hudson River Tunnel project will “create good-paying jobs, including union jobs; lower commuting times; and enhance safety.” 

The president plans to discuss how the infrastructure bill and his economic plan are “leading to billions of dollars in private sector investments” in New York and other parts of the country. 

President Joe Biden speaks during a visit to the Detroit Auto Show, Sept. 14, 2022, in Detroit.
President Biden will travel to NYC next week to plug the economic impact that the infrastructure bill is having on the Big Apple.
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Then outgoing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio attended the bill signing ceremony at the White House in November 2021 and told reporters the mammoth spending bill was “unbelievable” and would make “history.” 

“For New York City, it’s going to mean so much,” de Blasio said at the time. “This means a future for the MTA we can depend on, it means vision zero, it means safety, it means bike lanes, it means the Gateway tunnel, it’s unbelievable.”

“This is going to change the history of our city,” he added.

Construction workers dispose material as a couple passes by on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, in New York.
Biden will speak about the massive infrastructure bill Congress passed.
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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 ravaged by Hurricane Sandy.

“This rail 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 another and connects Boston to Washington.”

The bill was backed by a few 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).

In this file photo taken on October 16, 2022, passengers disembark from an Amtrak train at Moynihan Train Hall, in New York City, on October 16, 2022.
The Hudson River Tunnel project will create more reliability for Amtrak passengers.
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Progressive Democrats, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), opposed the legislation and claimed that Biden was overselling the impact the bill would have. 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.

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