MP Terri Sewell on infrastructure at Whitfield Regional Hospital – The Demopolis Times


MP Terri Sewell spoke at the Whitfield Regional Hospital on Tuesday December. 21. She spoke about the new infrastructure bill which was enacted on November 15th by President Joe Biden.

Congresswoman Terri Sewell continued her “Building a Better Alabama” infrastructure district tour with events with a stop in Demopolis on Tuesday, December 21. Sewell gave a press conference at Whitfield Regional Hospital to discuss funding for the bipartisan $ 1.2 trillion law on infrastructure investment and jobs. that President Joe Biden signed on November 15.

All the states will get money, and then that money goes to the Department of Transportation who then distributes it across the state. Alabama will get a total of $ 6 billion over five years. The law will provide Alabama with the following: $ 5.2 billion for federal assistance programs spread across highways, $ 225 million for bridge replacement and repair over the next five years, $ 400 million $ 100 million to improve Alabama’s public transportation, $ 100 million to connect every Alabamian to high-speed broadband Internet, $ 782 million to improve Alabama’s water infrastructure.

Sewell began the press conference by thanking hospital staff for their hard work during the height of the pandemic. She said communities would not survive “without the dedication, hard work and sacrifices of health professionals”.

When the pandemic first struck, WRH received $ 4.3 million from the CARES Act, and she was delighted to see that the money was well spent to renovate the intensive care and emergency rooms at the hospital. .

“Rural hospitals across the country are under threat. Hope you know your congressman works hard every day to make sure we have the resources and that those resources are distributed fairly, ”Sewell said.

Sewell also said that when it comes to providing affordable, quality health care services, partisanship should be put aside.

“When it comes to managing our deferred maintenance, this country has had no injection, no investment, for infrastructure for over a century. It’s amazing, ”Sewell said. “This is a unique opportunity for us to have transformational change through physical infrastructure. “

Sewell referred to “internal feuds between members of different parties,” and said the differences need to be put aside because decisions made affect who each party represents. The bill was “fought hard” and Sewell said she would take all infrastructure projects to the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) to try and prioritize them.

Sewell said the money that came to Alabama for the broadband connection was a bill she sponsored in Congress. The broadband bill specifically targeted rural America. She also said that several of the projects she is currently working on involve sewer issues.

“For me, it is a fundamental human dignity to be able to know that the sewers are not going to affect your water and your soil,” Sewell said. “There are parts of rural Alabama that are having trouble with that.”

Sewell thinks the infrastructure bill is a big transformational thing for America.

“I want you to know that I am very happy to see the partnership between the city and the county. Seeing the partnership between UAB and Whitfield, that’s what it’s all about. It’s about leveraging our opportunities together for people, ”Sewell said. “It is an honor every day for me to represent all of you in the halls of Congress and to ensure that the resources reach the communities that need them.”

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