House Democrats Release Surface Transportation Legislation
Today, House Democrats released the "Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America Act (INVEST in America Act). The legislation would reauthorize surface transportation programs that are set to expire on September 30 of this year.
The bill authorizes $494 billion in spending over five years for investments in surface transportation infrastructure, as well as $411 billion over five years out of the Highway Trust Fund (HTF). That figure represents a 46% increase over current levels.
This legislation will have to be meshed with S. 2302, the America's Transportation Infrastructure Act. That bill was passed by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in July of last year.
Included in S. 2302 is a proposed funding level of $287 billion, a 27.7% funding increase over the FAST Act. The legislation would provide federal funding to programs for highways and bridges and would maintain the traditional formula for distributing 90% of the money to the states.
APWA issued its own policy paper on reauthorization of surface transportation programs in September of last year.
House Republicans immediately stated their displeasure with the INVEST in America legislation, saying that they had not been included in the development of the bill. Their statement also said they look forward to working on producing a final bill that would assist all communities with surface transportation issues, including rural areas.
You can find the press release, bill text, fact sheet, bill summary, and section-by-section of the bill at the included links.
For any questions related to APWA's surface transportation priorities or this legislation, please contact APWA Director of Government and Public Affairs Andrea Eales at firstname.lastname@example.org.