Representative Yvette Herrell voted against the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act this weekend, once again prioritizing party politics over the wellbeing of Southern New Mexicans.
The wildly popular Infrastructure Deal will provide a once-in-a-generation investment in our nation’s infrastructure, including improving roads and bridges, providing resources for clean energy developments, and expanding broadband access.
New Mexico is badly in need of these investments. Our state has 207 bridges and over 3,822 miles of highway in poor condition. Since 2011, commute times have increased by 7.7%, and on average, each driver pays $767 per year in costs due to driving on roads in need of repair.
Throughout this year, local and national outlets have highlighted the dismal condition of New Mexico’s roads and bridges, especially in Representative Herrell’s home district.
- KRQE – Report: 32% of New Mexico’s major roads are in poor condition: “There is $3 billion worth of work to be done on some of New Mexico’s busiest roads but not enough money to do it all.”
- Las Cruces Sun News – TRIP report: Poor road conditions cost New Mexico drivers $2.7 billion annually: “Traffic congestion, deteriorated roadways and gaps in safety features cost the state’s drivers an estimated $2.7 billion annually, according to TRIP.”
- US News – The 10 States With the Worst Infrastructure: “Only about 78% of people in New Mexico have a broadband internet subscription.”
And New Mexico stands to benefit tremendously from the bipartisan Infrastructure Deal. Based on funding formula alone, our state would expect to receive:
- $2.5 billion to improve highways and $225 million for bridge replacement and repairs over five years.
- $372 million over five years to improve public transportation options across the state.
- A minimum of $100 million to help provide broadband coverage across the state, including providing access to the at least 223,941 New Mexicans who currently lack it. 785,000 or 38.1% of people in New Mexico will also be eligible for the Affordability Connectivity Benefit, which will help low-income families afford internet access.
- Significant funding to clean up orphaned oil and gas wells, which could create an estimated 65,000 jobs in Southern New Mexico.
The bipartisan Infrastructure Deal will help keep New Mexicans safer, while saving time and money for hardworking people across the state. Despite the clear need for this investment in New Mexico’s infrastructure, Herrell continues to march in lockstep with Republican leadership, instead of doing what’s best for her constituents.