INVEST in America Act Markup set for June 17

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On June 3, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure released the text of Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act. This legislation is a key component of the Moving Forward Framework that was released in April. Notably, there are specific hazmat provisions under Division C.

The bill is scheduled to be considered at a committee markup on June 17. The current surface transportation authorization expires September 30.

The INVEST in America Act, which ACA supports, will enable the completion of critical projects through long-term, sustainable funding and is fueled by American workers and ingenuity thanks to strong Buy America provisions and labor protections. It authorizes nearly $500 billion over five years to address some of the country’s most urgent infrastructure needs, including:

  • Tackling the massive backlog of roads, bridges, and transit systems in need of repair and replacement;
  • Building resilient infrastructure that will withstand the impacts of climate change and extreme weather;
  • Designing streets that are safer for all road users, including pedestrians and cyclists
  • Putting the U.S. on a path toward zero emissions from the transportation sector by prioritizing carbon pollution reduction, investing in public transit and the national rail network, building out fueling infrastructure for low- and zero-emission vehicles, and deploying technology and innovative materials;
  • Sharply increasing funding for public transit options in urban, suburban and rural areas in order to integrate technology and increase routes and reliability with tools such as bus-only lanes and priority signaling;
  • Making transformational investments in Amtrak in order to create a robust, reliable rail system and to address long-neglected maintenance needs in the Northeast Corridor and throughout the country while also enhancing rail worker and passenger safety and helping communities address grade crossing issues; and
  • Improving access to federal funding to help communities around the country undertake transformative projects that are smarter, safer, and made to last.

“The bulk of our nation’s infrastructure—our roads, bridges, public transit and rail systems, the things that hundreds of millions of American families and businesses rely on every single day— is not only badly outdated, in many places it’s downright dangerous and holding our economy back,” said Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), chair of the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure. “Yet for decades, Congress has repeatedly ignored the calls for an overhaul and instead simply poured money into short-term patches. The result? We’re still running our economy on an inefficient, 1950s-era system that costs Americans increasingly more time and money while making the transportation sector the nation’s biggest source of carbon pollution…The INVEST in America Act is our opportunity to replace the outdated systems of the past with smarter, safer, more resilient infrastructure that fits the economy of the future, creates millions of jobs, supports American manufacturing, and restores U.S. competitiveness.”

The INVEST in America Act also accounts for the economic downturn caused by the global pandemic and ensures States, cities, tribes, territories, and transit agencies can administer programs, advance projects, and preserve jobs in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis. The INVEST in America Act authorizes a sharp increase in funding to continue current programs in the first year of enactment of the bill (FY 2021) with wider policy implementation occurring in FY 2022.

More information on the INVEST in America Act is available in a fact sheet and bill summary.

Contact ACA’s Rhett Cash for more information.

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