On July 1, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the $1.5 trillion Moving America Forward Act in a 233-188 vote largely along party lines. The bill includes $500 billion for infrastructure projects over five years, including:
- Funding for the backlog of roads, bridges, and transit systems in need of repair and replacement
- Building resilient infrastructure that will withstand the impacts of climate change and extreme weather
- Pushing the United Sates toward zero emissions from the transportation sector by prioritizing pollution reduction and investing in public transit and the national rail network
- Increasing funding for public transit in urban, suburban, and rural areas
- Investments in Amtrack to create a robust, reliable rail system
With its passing in the House, the bill moves to the Republican-controlled Senate, where it is likely to receive less support. Ahead of the vote by the House, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce authored a letter to representatives urging them not to pursue the Moving America Forward Act in favor of an infrastructure bill that would be likely to receive bipartisan support.
“With historic unemployment and tremendous unmet infrastructure needs, now is clearly a time for bold and ambitious action,” wrote Neil Bradley, executive vice president and chief policy officer for the U.S. Chamber. “There is nothing bold, however, about voting on a bill that does not and will not have the bipartisan support needed to become law.”
The full letter from the U.S. Chamber is available here.