Biden pledges to improve outdated US airports

President Biden lamented the state of U.S. airports on Monday, touting ways a bipartisan infrastructure law passed last year would help modernize terminals, improve the passenger experience and reduce emissions.

Biden traveled to Boston to highlight a $62 million investment in Logan Airport through the Infrastructure Act. The funding will be used to upgrade the airport’s international terminal and improve the pavements that allow planes to pass.

The investments will create nearly 6,000 jobs, Biden said, and help add more counters at the airport, reduce the time passengers try to make connections and reduce the time planes idle on the tarmac. , thereby reducing emissions.

Biden hailed the investments as part of a much-needed overhaul of US airports.

“Not one solitary American airport, not one, ranks in the top 25 in the world,” Biden said in frustration. “In the United States of America, not a single airport ranks among the top 25 in the world. What’s with us? It means trade. It means income. It means security. And we don’t even make it into the top 25.”

Biden warned that a lack of infrastructure investment in recent decades has allowed rival countries like China to catch up economically with America. But he argued the United States was finally reinvesting with the $1 trillion law passed last year with bipartisan support.

The bill includes billions of dollars in funding for airports, some of which has already been allocated to both small municipal airports and large airports like Logan.

“Right now, with this infrastructure act, America is really getting back into gear,” Biden said. “We are moving and your life will change for the better.”

Biden has traveled the country in recent months to highlight infrastructure act-funded projects, often joined by Democrats arguing to voters that they were able to get results for their communities with narrow majorities in Congress.

The president will also deliver a speech in Boston on his administration’s “Cancer Moonshot” initiative, which aims to halve the cancer death rate over the next 25 years.


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