DeFazio-Led Infrastructure Bill Passes House of Representatives
The Moving Forward Act, transformative infrastructure legislation drafted and spearheaded by Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Peter DeFazio (OR-04), today passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 233-188.
“Passage of this bold, forward-thinking infrastructure bill is proof that finally, there is a majority of us in Congress who won’t accept the status quo and instead are willing to fight for a new vision that invests in our communities, addresses the climate crisis, and creates better opportunities for all. And we get there by putting millions of people to work in jobs that cannot be exported, while harnessing American-made materials, ingenuity and innovation,” said Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio. “With the Moving Forward Act, we make it clear that our infrastructure does not have to be a product of the past, with crumbling roads and bridges, unreliable transit and rail networks, inequitable outcomes, and little regard to our changing climate and our changing economy. I challenge my Senate colleagues to join the House in thinking big and being bold on long-overdue investments not only in our infrastructure, but also in the communities and the people we all represent.”
As Chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, DeFazio authored the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act, a key component of the Moving Forward Act.
The Moving Forward Act will:
- Deliver better roads and bridges faster with more than $300 billion of investment that prioritizes fixing what we already have, including tens of thousands of structurally deficient bridges;
- Invest more than $100 billion in transit to put more zero-emission buses on the road, add new routes, and provide more reliable service, resulting in better transit options and fewer single-occupant cars clogging highways;
- Modernize infrastructure to reduce gridlock and address bottlenecks, and makes roads smarter and safer for all users, including pedestrians and bicyclists;
- Invest in programs, projects, and materials that emphasize resiliency while reducing carbon pollution from the transportation sector, including $1.4 billion in alternative fuel charging infrastructure;
- Keep cargo moving by funding the essential dredging and upkeep of American harbors, ports, and channels; and,
- Modernize our energy infrastructure for a clean energy future by investing more than $70 billion to transform our electric grid to accommodate more renewable energy, expand renewable energy, strengthen existing infrastructure, help develop an electric vehicle charging network, and support energy efficiency, weatherization, and Smart Communities infrastructure.
This legislation 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.
Under the Moving Forward Act, Oregon would receive $3.6 billion over five years for highway funding and more than $863 million over five years for transit funding.
The bill has been endorsed by local leaders including Douglas County Commissioner Chris Boice, Coos County Commissioner Melissa Cribbins, Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis, and Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg.
A fact sheet on H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, is available here.
Video of Chair DeFazio speaking on the floor about the Moving Forward Act is here.