Washington, D.C. – July 1, 2021 – Today the House of Representatives passed the INVEST in America Act, HR 3684. This $715 billion over five years legislation is the first infrastructure bill to be approved during the current Congress and includes the $547 billion surface transportation reauthorization legislation approved by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and drinking water legislation approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee in June. The legislation includes substantial increases in funding for these programs, provisions that address climate change and safeguards to ensure safe drinking water for all Americans.
In response to today’s action by the House, Building America’s Future Co-Chairs former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood issued the following statements:
“For too long we have neglected our infrastructure allowing potholes to litter our roads and congestion to delay our commerce. Today’s action by the House represents a tremendous step forward in our long quest to build back better when it comes to our nation’s infrastructure,” said Governor Ed Rendell. “From water pipes to bridges to transit, the INVEST Act and its forward-thinking policies will improve infrastructure in communities all across the country and enhance quality of life while providing good paying jobs. As current transportation programs expire in September, it’s crucial that the Senate move quickly to take up its transportation legislation in July.”
“Passage of the INVEST in America Act is a fitting tribute to President Eisenhower’s signing of legislation to create the Interstate Highway System 65 years ago this week. President Eisenhower recognized the importance of a robust interstate road network to grow America’s economic competitiveness,” said Secretary Ray LaHood. “As we begin to put the pandemic in the rear view mirror, traffic volume and demand for transit and rail will only increase and that’s why it’s important that we build on Eisenhower’s vision and ensure that our transportation system be able to meet the needs of our rebounding economy. The INVEST in America Act will go a long way to achieving this goal.”