Rep. Chu Statement on Passage of $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Bill
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill that invests in roads, bridges, schools, housing, broadband, and more. The Moving Forward Act will improve traffic safety with a $300 billion investment in roads and bridges while also investing over $100 billion in zero-emissions buses and alternative fuel charging infrastructure. And it further helps the environment and Americans’ health with $25 billion for safe drinking water and over $70 billion to use more renewable and clean fuels for our electric grid. Also in the bill is a $130 billion investment targeted at high-poverty schools to improve facilities and get workers back to work, as well as a 5-year $10 billion federal investment in upgrading child care facilities. Affordable housing would receive over $100 billion as would the ongoing work to expand broadband access to underserved communities. Additionally, hospitals would receive $30 billion for upgrades to increase capacity and strengthen care. And the Post Office would receive $25 billion for modernization and conversion to a zero emissions fleet. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) issued the following statement:
“America is in desperate need of better infrastructure. Time and again, surveys from the American Society of Civil Engineers have given America a failing grade for our infrastructure. That’s not just bad for our economy, it puts lives at risk. And with so many Americans out of work right now, it has rarely been this important to make investments in our country. That’s what the House did today by passing H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act.
“This bill invests in everything from the transportation system that moves people and goods throughout the country to the clean drinking water that every household should have. Not only would our roads be safer thanks to the investments in this legislation, but by investing in mass transit and zero-emissions vehicles, we are ensuring a cleaner environment with more breathable air for all. I’m particularly proud of our work on the Ways and Means Committee to use our tax code to promote sustainability and green energy through a 10% tax credit for this conversion of bus fleets to electric power.
“Infrastructure is what connects us. That means more than roads. It means investing in broadband technology so every family has access to the internet, which has become even more essential during this era of social distancing. It means investing in schools so that every child has a chance at a better future. And it means investing in our hospitals to meet the needs of the country during this pandemic. And every dollar of investment in new construction or infrastructure improvement is also a dollar that goes towards putting Americans back to work, something our economy desperately needs.
“This bill puts Americans’ health and safety first while addressing the climate crisis by putting our country on the path to a carbon-free economy. I was proud to vote for it and I hope the Senate does the same quickly."