Washington, D.C. – July 1, 2020 – Today, Building America’s Future Co-Chairs, former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, issued the following statements in response to the $1.5 trillion Moving Forward Act that passed the House of Representatives today. At the center of this massive infrastructure package is the INVEST in America Act that provides nearly $500 billion for surface transportation programs over the next five years. The current surface transportation program, the FAST Act, expires on September 30th. Additionally, HR 2 includes investments in broadband, drinking and wastewater infrastructure, airports and ports.
“HR 2 takes a significant step forward in addressing America’s ailing infrastructure. For too long, policymakers have ignored the warning signs and have not provided the necessary and targeted funding to modernize our critical infrastructure networks. Not only does HR 2 begin to reverse that trend it also includes forward-thinking policies that address resiliency, alternative fueling infrastructure and reducing carbon emissions. More than just roads and bridges, this package also provides critical funding for ports, transit, broadband, water and airport infrastructure. These investments will go a long way to putting thousands of Americans back to work as our economy recovers,” said Governor Ed Rendell.
“For several years Building America’s Future has urged policymakers to go big and bold when it comes to infrastructure investment. It is clear that HR 2 embodies that call to action. The investments in all aspects of transportation infrastructure but also with regard to broadband and water are substantial and the visionary policies are to be commended. However, as infrastructure has always been a bipartisan undertaking it’s disappointing that this package was not crafted in that spirit. It’s my hope that Republicans and Democrats will find common ground in the Senate in the coming weeks as rebuilding America’s infrastructure will provide good paying jobs for our friends and neighbors and will get our country back on track,” said Secretary Ray LaHood.