The Obama administration is ordering $1.6 billion in aid for construction projects across Texas and is asking lawmakers to approve it within days.
The White House announced the $1 million in stimulus funds on Wednesday.
“The American taxpayer will no longer have to bail out Wall Street with taxpayer money to rebuild their crumbling infrastructure,” the White House said in a statement.
The $1bn will be used to hire more than 300 construction workers for projects across the country.
The federal government is expected to spend $7.2bn on projects this year, including $4.2 billion for new roads and $4bn for bridges and tunnels.
Obama said in his budget request that he would spend $200bn on infrastructure by 2025.
In a press release, the White Street Partnership, which represents private construction firms, said that the stimulus funds would be used “to hire more construction workers to build new bridges and highways in America’s poorest counties.”
It said that it would hire 200 construction workers on the Texas side of the border and 100 on the Canadian side of it, as well as 300 construction employees on the American side.