Biden supporters take a victory lap in Milwaukee on 2nd anniversary of a landmark infrastructure bill

Biden billboard in Milwaukee

A billboard (inset) purchased by the Democratic National Committee on I-794 heading into downtown Milwaukee, touts President Joe Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill. (Photo by City of Milwaukee, Dept. of City Development)

By Pat Kreitlow

November 15, 2023

DNC billboard mocks Donald Trump for turning “Infrastructure Week” into a running joke while Biden cemented billions in Wisconsin investments.

Drivers inbound to downtown Milwaukee saw a new reminder Wednesday morning about the difference between “talk” and “action” when it comes to the roads and bridges they take to work.

At 14 feet high and 48 feet long, the new billboard on I-794 at 6th Street gave commuters a simple message: “While Donald Trump made ‘Infrastructure Week’ a running joke, Joe Biden got infrastructure done for Wisconsin.”

The sign from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) commemorates Wednesday’s two-year anniversary of Biden signing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

“President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is delivering concrete results—rebuilding roads and bridges, providing clean drinking water, expanding affordable internet access, and spurring job growth for communities in Wisconsin and across the country,” said DNC spokesperson Rhyan Lake. “As MAGA Republicans try to hand out tax breaks to the ultra-wealthy at the expense of working families, President Biden and Vice President Harris are continuing to build the economy from the bottom up and the middle out.”

According to an October summary provided by the White House, Wisconsin has already been the recipient of $5.6 billion in announced funding, with at least 327 projects specifically enumerated.

“In Wisconsin, there are 922 bridges and over 6,976 miles of highway in poor condition,” the report notes. “Based on formula funding alone, Wisconsin is expected to receive approximately $5.4 billion over five years in federal funding for highways and bridges.”

Funds have also been allocated for projects involving public transit, ports, airports, high-speed internet service, safe drinking water, home energy efficiency credits, electric vehicle charging stations, improvements to the electric grid, cleanup of sites harmed by long-term industrial pollution, and projects that mitigate the damage done by stronger storms because of a changing climate.

Despite the bipartisan moniker, no Wisconsin Republicans voted for the bill.

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  • Pat Kreitlow

    The Founding Editor of UpNorthNews, Pat was a familiar presence on radio and TV stations in western Wisconsin before serving in the state Legislature. After a brief stint living in the Caribbean, Pat and wife returned to Chippewa Falls to be closer to their growing group of grandchildren. He now serves as UNN's chief political correspondent and host of UpNorthNews Radio, airing weekday mornings 6 a.m.-8 a.m on the Civic Media radio network and the UpNorthNews Facebook page.

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