Infrastructure legislation proposes investments for transport, emergency management, coast guard and more
The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, chaired by President Peter DeFazio (D-OR), proposed legislation in a 37-29 vote on September 15 to invest nearly $ 60 billion for make America’s infrastructure more sustainable, resilient and equitable; and reduce carbon pollution from the transportation sector.
The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, chaired by President Peter DeFazio (D-OR), proposed legislation in a 37-29 vote on September 15 to invest nearly $ 60 billion for make American infrastructure more sustainable, resilient and equitable; and reduce carbon pollution from the transportation sector, the number one source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.
“From the fight against climate change to the fight against racial and environmental injustices, to reconstruction after the COVID-19 pandemic, our country faces great challenges. By advancing this legislation, we are taking an important step forward in addressing these challenges, ”said President DeFazio. “With this legislation, we can reduce carbon pollution from the transport sector that is causing the climate crisis and make communities more resilient to extreme weather events; connect people to well-paying jobs and affordable housing; address the planning errors of the past by reconnecting communities; make significant investments to plan and develop high speed rail projects; provide more people with access to safe drinking water; and make our aviation and maritime sectors greener. I look forward to seeing Congress pass this once-in-a-generation law because we cannot afford to waste this opportunity.
The House Transport and Infrastructure Committee’s budget reconciliation portion of the bill includes the following key investments:
- $ 10 billion to support access to affordable housing and improve mobility for low-income people and residents of disadvantaged communities or persistent poverty.
- $ 4 billion for reducing carbon pollution in the surface transportation sector, addressing the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions from transportation.
- $ 4 billion to support neighborhood equity, safety and access to affordable transportation, including reconnecting communities divided by existing infrastructure barriers.
- $ 6 billion to advance local surface transportation projects.
- $ 1 billion to the Department of Transportation to support projects that develop, demonstrate or apply low-emission technologies or produce, transport, blend or store sustainable aviation fuels.
- $ 500 million to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) revolving loan fund program for risk mitigation.
- $ 425 million for grants for the construction, modernization, technology upgrades and updated planning requirements of state, local tribal and territorial emergency operations centers.
- $ 9.5 billion to the Economic Development Administration to provide investments in communities in persistent distress, provide assistance to communities in energy and industrial transition, invest in public works projects and create regional hubs.
- $ 1 billion to the General Services Administration to invest in efficient green buildings.
- $ 1 billion for Coast Guard climate resilient infrastructure.
- $ 2.5 billion to the Maritime Authority to support more sustainable port infrastructure and supply chain resilience.
- $ 2 billion to invest in sewer overflow and stormwater reuse projects, as well as a larger federal share of the coast for projects that serve financially struggling communities.
- $ 500 million in grants to invest in the backlog of wastewater treatment projects on tribal lands.