The bill includes $500 billion in green measures at the same time construction industry groups have called for additional streamlining of environmental and permitting reviews.
- House Democrats have unveiled a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill that includes almost $500 billion of green measures proposed as part of the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act earlier this month.
- In addition to the spending included in the INVEST in America Act, the larger Moving Forward Act also would provide: $300 billion for structurally deficient bridges; $100 billion for facility upgrades at high-poverty schools; $100 billion for affordable housing infrastructure; $100 billion in broadband internet; $40 billion for wastewater infrastructure; $70 billion for the electric grid for more renewable energy and upgrades; $30 billion for hospitals and other healthcare infrastructure; and $3 billion for “shovel-ready” Great Lakes, coastal and marine projects.
- The current FAST (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation) Act will expire Sept. 30, so Democrats and Republicans must come up with a plan to reauthorize funding. However, some Senate Republicans say that House Democrats have cut their Republican counterparts out of the bill-writing process.
During a press conference announcing the Moving Forward Act, lawmakers took aim at President Donald Trump’s administration and its moves to waiver environmental regulations in the name of speeding up the infrastructure permitting process.
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