House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hasn’t been shy in wanting more funding from a proposed $1.2 trillion infrastructure package a bipartisan group of senators and the White House agreed to last month.
However, Pelosi said negotiations need to continue to add more money and items such as combating climate change that would produce jobs.
“Frankly, it’s an old view of infrastructure,” she said Monday at the 86th annual National Association of Counties (NACo) conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Maryland’s National Harbor. “We want to have the bipartisan bill, but we want to recognize that we have to have legislation for the future that involves many more people, that is greater for country [and] more technology available to everyone.”
Pelosi spoke during an armchair discussion with Larry Johnson, a county commissioner from DeKalb County, Georgia, who will later in the day will take over as president of NACo.
Pelosi acknowledged broadband access remains one part of the plan such as $40 billion in rural communities because there remains a digital divide in the country, which became more evident during the coronavirus pandemic.
“That’s not enough. We still need more,” she said.
Monday marked the last day of the four-day conference in Prince George’s County that also featured a discussion on how counties will receive $65.1 billion from the American Rescue Plan via two people who helped craft and organize the plan — Gene Sperling, coordinator of the rescue plan for the White House, and Wally Adeyemo, deputy secretary of the Treasury Department.
“This is historic legislation, but people will judge it later,” Sperling said. “It’s on all of us to not only implement it well, but also tell the world what was done. We’ve got a lot of work to do going forward.”
Gary Moore, judge/executive in Boone County, Kentucky, who will serve his last day as NACo president Monday, said the organization helped advocate to ensure several provisions in the rescue plan such as equity in childhood education, expansion of broadband and increase in infrastructure projects.
“Counties have never mattered more than they matter today,” he said. “Counties are emerging from this pandemic stronger than ever before.”

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