House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Passes INVEST Act
On June 9, the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee passed the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation (INVEST) in America Act, H.R. 3684
. The legislation was passed by a vote of 38 to 26 and calls for $547 billion over 5 years for surface transportation programs. As reported in the June 7, APWA Washington Report
, if enacted into law, the INVEST Act would provide:
$343 billion for roads, bridges, and safety needs
$4 billion for electric vehicle infrastructure
$8.3 billion to reduce carbon pollution
$6.2 billion for mitigation and resiliency improvement efforts
$109 billion for transit
$50 million a year for investment in rural communities.
$95 billion for passenger rail
Early in the marathon mark-up of the INVEST Act, T&I Committee Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR) stated that his committee is focused on surface transportation reauthorization first and that it is his goal to have the bill go through regular order, and to hold a conference with the Senate before the end of September. The current surface transportation law, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act expires on September 30, 2021.
On May 26, the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee unanimously passed a bipartisan surface transportation bill on May 26, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act (STRA) of 2021
. The legislation calls for $303.5 billion over 5 years for Dept. of Transportation (DOT) programs for highways, roads, and bridges and proposes a 34% increase over the FAST Act. In the Senate, the EPW has jurisdiction over most surface transportation programs, while the Senate Banking Committee is responsible for authorizing programs related to transit, and the Senate Commerce Committee has jurisdiction over highway safety programs, rail, and transportation security. The Senate Finance Committee has responsibility for identifying how to pay for surface transportation reauthorization. In the House, T&I is the primary authorizing committee, and the House Ways and Means Committee is responsible for identifying the resources to pay for a surface transportation reauthorization package.
APWA Government Affairs continues bipartisan outreach to Congressional offices about the Association’s 117th Congress Public Policy Priorities
, which are Surface Transportation Reauthorization, Water Resiliency, and Emergency Management. Please contact APWA’s Director of Government and Public Affairs Andrea Eales at firstname.lastname@example.org
with any questions about APWA’s Government Affairs activities and priorities.