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Posted on: January 31, 2020

U.S. House Advances Infrastructure Framework

The National League of Cities (NLC) reports that, on Wednesday, leadership in the House of Representatives, led by the Chairmen of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR), Energy and Commerce Committee Rep. Frank Pallone (NJ), and Ways and Means Committee Rep. Richard Neal (MA), released their framework for comprehensive infrastructure investment.

The Federal government last authorized a multi-year infrastructure bill in 2015. That bill, the FAST Act (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation), is set to expire on September 30, at the end of the current Federal Fiscal Year.

The NLC has called on Congress to step up their infrastructure efforts and rebuild together with local leaders. The announcement of an infrastructure framework by the House infrastructure committees is great news for residents and communities across America,” said NLC President Joe Buscaino, Councilmember, Los Angeles, California. “Cities, towns, and villages are ready to partner with Congress to bring a bold vision for transportation networks, water needs, and to invest in the skilled workforce needed to rebuild and reimagine the infrastructure in our communities. We must invest in our country and our people by building up the places that we call ‘home,’ and we applaud Chairmen DeFazio, Neal, and Pallone for leading with urgency.”

The new ’’Moving Forward’’ framework would lead to a $760 billion infrastructure bill. The plan, over the next five years, would rebuild the nation’s roads, bridges, transit systems, railways, airports, ports, inland waterways, wastewater and drinking water systems, brownfields, and broadband. The NLC has been calling on Congress to “Rebuild With Us” and step up on infrastructure, and this framework reflects our shared priorities for rebuilding and creating a skilled workforce that will get projects moving in America’s cities, towns and villages.

In support of this national effort, League President Jim Perry will be participating in the NLC State Municipal League Executive Directors and Presidents Fly-In lobby event in Washington DC, February 5-6. He will join with his counterparts from State municipal leagues across the country to meet with members of Congress and emphasize the importance of advancing this infrastructure framework.

Contact: Jon Moran, Senior Legislative Analyst, jmoran@njlm.org, 609-695-3481 x121.


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