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DeFazio Welcomes Transportation Secretary Buttigieg to Oregon

Jul 14, 2021
Press Release
Secretary Buttigieg joined Congressman DeFazio to Promote the Urgent Need for Infrastructure Investment

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04) was joined today by U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg for an infrastructure tour in Corvallis and  Eugene/Springfield to highlight the benefits that infrastructure investment provides to the economy, job creation, transportation safety and the fight against climate change.

“It was an honor to host Secretary Buttigieg in Oregon as we toured my congressional district to promote the urgent need for infrastructure investment” said Rep. DeFazio. “We need a bold new vision to meet today’s complex challenges, and I’m very pleased to be leading the way with Secretary Buttigieg and President Biden. I passed a landmark infrastructure bill in the House that charts our path forward, making the historic changes needed to improve our mobility, reduce emissions, and build a more just and equitable future.”

“Chair DeFazio is one of America’s most effective and knowledgeable leaders in transportation policy, and I appreciate him bringing me to the Willamette Valley today to see key initiatives firsthand” said Secretary Buttigieg. “During multiple administrations, Chair DeFazio has been at the forefront of efforts to move our country toward a transportation future that creates good-paying jobs, bolsters equity and safety, and meaningfully tackles climate change.”

Congressman DeFazio serves as Chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and is leading the fight to pass a transformative infrastructure package that will make bold investments in the fight against climate change and create thousands of good-paying jobs.

The DeFazio-authored bipartisan INVEST in America Act which passed the House of Representatives earlier this month provides $767 billion to strengthen our highways, bridges, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, transit systems, railroads, drinking water facilities, and wastewater infrastructure—a significant increase over current levels. It will create good-paying jobs to rebuild and reimagine America’s surface transportation and water infrastructure. It helps meet the president’s vision in the American Jobs Plan by investing in American workers and communities of all sizes, while tackling the climate crisis head-on.

It makes historic investments in transit, including 100 percent all-electric buses, to provide better options for riders as well as reduce local air pollution and related health impacts. These investments are paired with strong Buy America requirements and provisions for workforce training to ensure America can compete in the clean energy economy. The INVEST in America Act also makes our roads safer with a significant funding boost to roadway safety programs, record levels of investment in walking and cycling infrastructure, smarter road design, and safe routes to schools. The legislation passed the House of Representatives by a bipartisan vote on July 1.

In Oregon alone, the INVEST in America Act includes:

  • $108 million over five years for carbon pollution reduction;
  • $81 million over five years for pre-disaster mitigation;
  • $120 million over five years for congestion mitigation and air quality improvement;
  • $76 million for bike/pedestrian and other transportation alternatives and recreational trails

Oregon is expected to receive a total of $4.518 billion over 5 years through the INVEST in America Act, which is expected to create or sustain 70,480 jobs.