June 24, 2021

DeFazio and Pallone Share Details of $715 Billion Surface Transportation and Water Infrastructure Bill Heading to House Floor Next Week

Washington, DC— Today, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and House Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) shared new details of the INVEST in America Act, which is scheduled to be on the House floor next week. The INVEST in America Act will create good-paying jobs rebuilding and reimagining our nation’s roads, bridges, transit, rail, and wastewater and drinking water infrastructure, helping meet key pieces of President Biden’s vision as laid out in the American Jobs Plan.

“I’m proud to partner with Chairman Pallone to put forth this bold legislation that will invest in American workers, communities, and manufacturing, and catapult our country into a new era of smarter, safer, more resilient infrastructure that fits our evolving economy and society and cuts carbon pollution,” Chair DeFazio said. “I also want to commend my committee colleagues, especially subcommittee Chairs Eleanor Holmes Norton, Donald Payne, Jr., and Grace Napolitano, for their hard work helping craft this legislation. The INVEST in America Act delivers what the American people expect and deserve: safe roads and bridges, reliable transit options, a modern passenger rail network, wastewater systems that aren’t on the brink of failure, water that that comes out of the tap safe to drink, and a commitment to address the existential threat of climate change. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity that we can’t afford to miss. I look forward to bringing the INVEST in America Act to the House floor and continuing to move this legislation toward the finish line.” 

“The INVEST in America Act is transformative legislation that takes a giant step to fulfilling President Biden’s promise to Build Back Better,” Chairman Pallone said. “I commend Chair DeFazio for his committee’s work on the surface transportation and wastewater provisions in this legislation and am thrilled to include the drinking water and assistance provisions that advanced out of my committee yesterday. This legislation makes the critical investments and reforms that are necessary to ensure that all Americans have access to safe drinking water. I also thank Subcommittee Chairman Paul Tonko for authorizing the drinking water provisions in this legislation and for his longtime leadership on this issue. By modernizing our infrastructure, we will also revitalize our economy for the future, create millions of new jobs, combat climate change, and ensure no community is left behind. I look forward to House action on this legislation next week.”

Resources on the INVEST in America Act:

Fact Sheet on Surface Transportation and Water Infrastructure Bill
Website: https://democrats-transportation.house.gov/invest-in-america