June 18, 2020

After Marathon Markup, Committee Advances the INVEST in America Act, a Transformational Surface Transportation Bill to Move Nation’s Infrastructure into New Era

Washington, DC —After more than 24 hours of debate that included the consideration of 177 amendments, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved thInvesting in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act. The INVEST in America Act, the key piece of the House Democrats’ infrastructure proposal, marks a significant departure from previous surface transportation reauthorization bills. It puts an emphasis on tackling the massive maintenance needs and building smarter, safer infrastructure, all while putting our Nation on a path toward zero emissions from the transportation sector, which is the number one source of carbon pollution in the U.S. The INVEST in America Act now moves to the House floor.

“For far too long, Congress has taken a pass on trying to solve the toughest problems plaguing our surface transportation system, allowing it to limp along and fall farther and farther behind the rest of the world. That all changes with the INVEST in America Act, transformational legislation that moves our country into a new era of smarter, safer, more resilient infrastructure that fits our changing economy and society,” saidChair Peter DeFazio (D-OR). “I’m immensely grateful to my Committee colleagues who spent months doing the hard work on behalf of the American people to get us to this point, and I urge the rest of my colleagues in Congress to now join us in fighting for a new vision to rebuild our country. The time is now to fix our crumbling infrastructure, cut carbon pollution from the transportation sector, and create millions of good-paying jobs in urban, suburban and rural communities.” 

During the markup, the Committee adopted amendments from both sides of the aisle, including 34 Republican amendments and 23 Democratic amendments. 

The INVEST in America Act, which enables 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, authorizes nearly $500 billion over five years to address some of the country’s most urgent infrastructure needs. 

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