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President Biden signed a law that will upgrade the nation’s infrastructure, including improved public transportation and increased access to broadband internet, on Nov. 15. The legislation will help many older Americans stay better connected to their communities, both in person and online.
Both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives passed the legislation with strong bipartisan support. The Senate voted 69-30 in August to pass the bill, known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The House voted 228-206 in favor of the bill on Nov. 5.
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This measure is one of two major pieces of legislation being pushed by the Biden administration. The other — the Build Back Better bill — is still awaiting a vote in the House before it moves to the Senate.
AARP advocated strongly in support of the infrastructure legislation, noting how provisions such as its funding for broadband internet can improve the lives of people age 50 and older.
“With [this law], historic investments will be made in digital equity and increased support for the Emergency Broadband Benefit,” said Nancy LeaMond, AARP executive vice president and chief advocacy and engagement officer when the House passed the bill. “Millions more Americans will now have access to high-speed internet, including those with limited means, those who face barriers due to language or ability, and those who live in unserved and underserved areas. Internet accessibility is essential for older adults to stay connected with their families, communities, commerce and services.”
Here are five ways the infrastructure law will directly benefit older Americans.