Chairs DeFazio, Norton, and Payne Introduce the INVEST in America Act to Create Millions of Jobs Bringing Our Infrastructure into the Modern Era
The five-year surface transportation bill, which directs federal investments in roads, bridges, transit, and rail, re-imagines our national transportation policies and helps meet the president’s vision to invest in American workers and communities while tackling the climate crisis head-on
Chair DeFazio: “The INVEST in America Act puts a core piece of President Biden’s American Jobs Plan into legislative text— seizing this once-in-a-generation opportunity to move our transportation system out of the 1950s and toward our clean energy future”
Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chair of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) introduced the “Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act,” a transformational, $547 billion surface transportation reauthorization bill that the committee will consider during a markup next Wednesday, June 9. Legislative text that includes Member Designated Projects will be released prior to the markup.
The INVEST in America Act offers a new approach to federal transportation policy by emphasizing fixing our existing roads and bridges and making record investments in passenger rail, public transit, cycling and walking infrastructure, and zero-emission options, while creating safer, more connected communities. Thanks to strong Buy America provisions and labor protections, the work will be fueled by American workers, manufacturing, and ingenuity, with targeted investments in rural and underserved communities.
“The benefits of transformative investments in our infrastructure are far-ranging: we can create and sustain good-paying jobs, many of which don’t require a college degree, restore our global competitiveness, tackle climate change head-on, and improve the lives of all Americans through modern infrastructure that emphasizes mobility and access, and spurs our country’s long-term economic growth,” Chair DeFazio said. “The INVEST in America Act puts a core piece of President Biden’s American Jobs Plan into legislative text—seizing this once-in-a-generation opportunity to move our transportation planning out of the 1950s and toward our clean energy future. Let’s get this done.”
“As chair of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, I believe the country today requires a new and more comprehensive approach well beyond our prior bills,” Chair Norton said. “For example, this bill takes on entirely new issues never before considered, such as climate change and multi-modal access in and through cities and towns.”
“The INVEST in America Act will bring America’s aging rail infrastructure into the 21st century,” Chairman Donald M. Payne, Jr. said. “It provides $95 billion to upgrade intercity passenger rail systems and fund critical infrastructure projects, such as the Gateway Program. This investment in our nation’s future will encourage more Americans to use rail transportation, reduce traffic congestion, lower carbon emissions, and reduce the effects of climate change. I am proud to introduce legislation that implements President Biden’s American Jobs Plan and am grateful for Chair DeFazio’s leadership on this critical issue.”
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