House Passes Comprehensive Legislation to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure and Jumpstart Our Economy
(Washington, DC) Today, the House of Representatives passed the Moving Forward Act, comprehensive legislation that will invest $1.5 trillion to rebuild America’s infrastructure and jumpstart our economy. Earlier this week Representative Malinowski spoke on the House Floor in support of the bill; you can find a transcript and video of his remarks here.
The Moving Forward Act will designate funding for infrastructure projects of regional and national significance, reducing the discretion that the Secretary of Transportation currently has to block vital projects like the Hudson River Tunnel. It thus represents a significant step forward in making an infrastructure project vital to New Jersey’s economy a reality. The bill also makes essential investments in Amtrak's Northeast Corridor; enables our roads and bridges to be brought into a state of good repair; includes incentives for projects to reduce carbon pollution and utilize green infrastructure; and makes major investments in airport infrastructure and aviation safety.
“This bill will repair and replace the aging infrastructure that has troubled New Jersey commuters for decades. It invests in projects important to the whole country, including our Gateway Tunnel, and includes provisions I wrote to ensure that those funds cannot be held up for political reasons,” said Representative Malinowski. “I am proud to have worked with House Leadership to move this bill forward, and I urge the Senate to take it up immediately.”
The legislation includes Representative Malinowski’s amendment requiring the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to promptly issue Records of Decision for Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) in the New Starts grant program. This will help to prevent the Administration from further stalling the Hudson Tunnel project, whose draft EIS has been languishing at DOT for nearly three years.
The Moving Forward Act:
- Rebuilds our highways, bridges, transit, rail, airports, ports and harbors by investing nearly $500 billion to improve safety, reduce gridlock and put the U.S. on a path toward zero emissions from the transportation sector, all while protecting American jobs with strong Buy America provisions and labor protections.
- Invests in our children’s futures by helping safely reopen and rebuild schools with a $130 billion investment in school infrastructure targeted at high-poverty schools that do not meet health and safety standards, while also creating 2 million jobs.
- Modernizes our energy infrastructure for a clean energy future by investing more than $70 billion to transform our electric grid, promote new renewable energy infrastructure and strengthen existing infrastructure, help develop an electric vehicle charging network and support energy efficiency and climate resilience.
- Invests boldly in affordable housing by directing over $100 billion to reduce housing inequality, create jobs, stimulate the economy, improve living conditions and increase environmental sustainability and climate resilience.
- Expands affordable high-speed Internet to underserved communities with a $100 billion investment that promotes competition, connects children to remote learning, closes broadband adoption and digital skills gaps and improves affordability.
- Upgrades hospitals and health care infrastructure by investing $30 billion to increase capacity and strengthen care, help community health centers respond to COVID-19 and future public health emergencies, improve clinical laboratory infrastructure, support the Indian Health Service‘s infrastructure and increase capacity for community-based care.
- Ensures all communities have clean water by investing tens of billions to remove dangerous contaminants from our drinking water and invests in new, safe wastewater infrastructure.
- Delivers a 21st Century Postal Service by modernizing infrastructure and pursuing a zero-emissions postal fleet.
- Promotes investments in our communities by spurring private investment through the tax code, through a revitalized Build America Bonds program, expansions of Private Activity Bonds and significant enhancements to the New Markets Tax Credit and the Rehabilitation Tax Credit.