THE MOVING FORWARD ACT (HOUSE INFRASTRUCTURE BILL)
On July 1st, the House passed a bill that would sharply increase spending on roads and transit, push for deep reductions in pollution, direct billions to water projects, affordable housing, broadband, schools, upgrade hospitals, and U.S. Postal Service trucks.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Democrats were making good on a promise to rebuild America with “green, resilient, modern and job-creating infrastructure,” adding that the Moving Forward Act “shows that everything in our country is connected, from the education of our children to the technologies of the future to the road map to get there.” (The Washington Post, 7-1-20)
The bill is meant, in part, to address the expiration in September of a law addressing spending on highways, transit and other transportation programs.
The sponsor of the bill—Transportation Committee Chairman Peter A. DeFazio (D-Ore.)—said the bill represents an ambitious, years-in-the-making push to buttress and expand aging infrastructure in a sustainable way. Supporters said it marks a departure from traditional surface transportation legislation because of its emphasis on maintaining roads and bridges, building transit and reducing transportation-related pollution, the nation’s top source of greenhouse gases causing climate change. (The Washington Post, 7-1-20)
According to the DeFazio site, 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.
H.R. 2 - The Moving Forward Act (Congress.gov)
Representative Peter DeFazio (Home Page)
Press Release About Infrastructure Bill (DeFazio Site)
House passes $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill, but McConnell calls it ‘pointless political theater’ (The Washington Post, 7-1-20)
REPRESENTATIVE SETH MOULTON'S PROPOSAL TO FUND HIGH SPEED RAIL
Representative Seth Moulton recently released a proposal in May to fund high speed rail in America. Within his proposal is a plan to get the American economy back on track by investing $205 billion over five years, funding high speed rail, creating jobs, competition in transportation, and giving America cleaner faster more reliable commutes.
The proposal plans to create 1.16 million new jobs a year.
Petition to Support Seth Moulton's Proposal (Action Network)
Representative Seth Moulton (Home Page)
Press Release About Plan (Seth Moulton Site)
Report from the Office of Seth Moulton on High Speed Rail (PDF)
$205 Billion for High-Speed Rail as Part of Economic Recovery (The Urbanist, 7-14-20)