Washington, D.C. – June 3, 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 House Democrats’ nearly $500 billion Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America Act. This proposal marks the first step in crafting a multi-year transportation reauthorization in the House. Last summer the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved bipartisan legislation to reauthorize programs for the nation’s roads and bridges called the America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act, S. 2302.
“Not only must we get serious about rebuilding our nation’s crumbling infrastructure, we must also enact visionary policies that will make our transportation networks more reliable and resilient. The INVEST in America framework looks to set the right balance between investments in roads and bridges while also ensuring that transit is a greater part of the mix. The policy proposals regarding climate and resiliency are also noteworthy and I’m particularly pleased to see that federal tolling restrictions are eliminated. This was something Building America’s Future has proposed for many years. The investments in the bill will help put thousands of Americans back to work while modernizing our transportation networks,” said Governor Ed Rendell.
“With the September 30th expiration of the FAST Act rapidly approaching it is gratifying to see such a comprehensive and robustly funded transportation proposal being put forth. However, it is imperative that Republicans and Democrats work together to craft policies that will put our nation back on track, provide good paying jobs for our friends and neighbors and ensure that our nation regains its economic competitiveness,” said Secretary Ray LaHood.