Chair DeFazio Introduces the INVEST in America Act to Create Millions of Jobs Bringing Our Infrastructure into the Modern Era
Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR 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.”