Unpacking the U.S. Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill: New opportunities, requirements, and potential liabilities

Peter J. Roskam
Brittany A. Bolen
Justin R. Becker
Radhika Kannan
Peter J. Roskam | Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
Brittany A. Bolen | Senior Policy Advisor, Sidley Austin LLP
Justin R. Becker | Associate, Sidley Austin LLP
Radhika Kannan | Associate, Sidley Austin LLP
On-Demand: November 18, 2021

$145.00 1 hour CLE

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Program Summary

On November 5, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, otherwise known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, which passed the Senate in August. The roughly $1 trillion bill marks the largest federal investment in infrastructure in more than a decade and is expected to be signed into law by President Biden.

This core piece of President Biden’s domestic agenda, a 2,700+-page bill, provides significant funding for infrastructure improvements in surface transportation, energy, water, and broadband, among others. In addition to funding projects and programs, the bill includes substantive provisions that change federal policy ranging from issuing new permits and licenses to streamlining permit application efforts to imposing new environmental and automotive safety standards and requisites to receive federal assistance. The bill also imposes new and amends certain taxes and fees and rescinds past appropriations for COVID-19-related programs to help pay for new spending.

This webinar will provide the audience key insights on the process underlying the bill’s passage, an overview of the substantive provisions of the bill, and an understanding of key implementation considerations across sectors.

Key topics to be discussed:

  • Funding Opportunities relating to Energy, Electric Vehicles, Cybersecurity, Transportation, Water,and Broadband
  • Permits, Leases, Licenses, and Property Rights
  • Federal Standards and Requirements
  • Taxes, Fees, and Termination of Funding

This course is co-sponsored with SIDLEY-2017-blue-CMYK    Date / Time: December 3, 2021

  • 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Eastern
  • 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Central
  • 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Mountain
  • 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Pacific

Choose a format: Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program "live" in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for "live" CLE credit. On-Demand Video: Access CLE 24/7 via on-demand library and watch program anytime. Qualifies for self-study CLE credit. On-demand versions are made available 5 business days after the original recording date and are viewable for up to one year. Closed-captioning available


Peter J. Roskam_Partner, Sidley Austin LLP_myLawCLEPeter J. Roskam | Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

Peter Roskam, a former six-term U.S. Representative from Illinois, provides strategic counsel and guidance to clients whose business needs involve law, government, media, and public policy. He also serves on the firm’s COVID-19 Task Force. Peter held some of the most significant positions in the U.S. House of Representatives during his tenure (2007–2019). In addition to serving in the House Leadership as the Chief Deputy Whip, he chaired three major subcommittees of the House Ways and Means Committee. As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Tax Policy, he was a chief architect of the historic 2017 overhaul of the nation’s tax code. As Chairman of Subcommittee on Health, he began the “Medicare Red Tape Relief Project,” led a series of hearings addressing the opioid crisis and authored several bills to make opioid addiction treatment more accessible. In addition, as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight, he spearheaded efforts to increase supervision of the Internal Revenue Service and championed efforts to overhaul the IRS’s civil asset forfeiture program.


Brittany A. Bolen_Senior Policy Advisor, Sidley Austin LLP_myLawCLEBrittany A. Bolen | Senior Policy Advisor, Sidley Austin LLP

Brittany Bolen is a Senior Policy Advisor in Sidley Austin LLP’s environmental and government strategies practices of the Washington, D.C. office. Her practice involves legal and strategic counseling and advocacy on environmental regulatory and policy matters. Brittany brings extensive, senior-level experience serving in the federal government and a deep understanding of the legislative and rulemaking processes. She joined Sidley from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) where she served as the Associate Administrator for Policy and Senior Counsel to the Administrator. As EPA’s policy chief, Brittany oversaw all aspects of agency-wide policymaking (i.e., air, water, waste, and chemicals), contributed to rules and guidance under each environmental statute, and managed over 150 employees working on environmental justice, environmental permitting, environmental economics, voluntary programs, and regulatory development. She previously served on Congressional Committees in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives with jurisdiction over environmental and energy issues.


Justin R. Becker_Associate, Sidley Austin LLP_myLawCLEJustin R. Becker | Associate, Sidley Austin LLP

Justin Becker has experience in a variety of international trade and national security issues before many government agencies, including the Department of Commerce (DOC), the International Trade Commission, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Department of Treasury, and the Department of Homeland Security. Prior to joining Sidley, Justin served as an attorney in the DOC’s Office of Chief Counsel for Trade Enforcement and Compliance.


Radhika Kannan_Associate, Sidley Austin LLP_myLawCLERadhika Kannan | Associate, Sidley Austin LLP

Radhika Kannan is a member of the Energy group in Sidley’s San Francisco office, where she focuses her practice on regulatory, compliance, and enforcement matters. Radhika’s representations include certain regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) including handling certain self-reports to FERC. Radhika also helps develop compliance programs tailored to the regulatory requirements under the Federal Power Act and the Natural Gas Act.


I. Overview of the roughly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill | 2:00pm – 2:15pm
II. New and expanded funding opportunities | 2:15pm – 2:30pm
III. Permitting, leasing, and licensing opportunities | 2:30pm – 2:45pm
IV. Federal standards, reporting requirements, and requisites for funding | 2:45pm – 3:00pm
V. Tax liabilities and fees | 3:00pm – 3:15pm
VI. The rescission of the past appropriations for COVID-19-related programs | 3:15pm – 3:30pm