America faces two issues critical to its future: the climate crisis and rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure. These issues are not only vital to the health and safety of our communities today, but they will have a drastic impact on our future generations.
I have been hard at work putting these priorities at the forefront of congressional action. Earlier this week, the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis released a Congressional Action Report that will serve as a blueprint for the House to take action to solve the climate crisis. Among the proposals were several initiatives that I wrote, including clean renewable energy, energy efficiency, and investments in transportation options.
Additionally, Congress is working to rebuild America’s crumbling roads and bridges as a mechanism to stimulate the economy and create millions of family wage jobs. Over the past 50 years, the United States has dramatically reduced its infrastructure spending. Many of our once world-class bridges, roads, and water systems have reached the end of their useful life. The failure to meet our infrastructure responsibilities poses real risks to the health and economic security of families and workers, especially during a global pandemic. Significant investment is long overdue and critical to our economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today, the House passed H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, a historic $1.5 trillion plan to rebuild every sector of American infrastructure. This bill included nine pieces of legislation that I introduced this Congress, as well as several other policies I advocated for. The Moving Forward Act includes key improvements for active transportation like reinstating the bicycle commuter tax benefit, allowing transit systems to invest in bikeshare projects, and making vulnerable road users safer through a Vision Zero strategy.
The legislation also ensures that we are looking out for the next generation by making long overdue investments in wind and solar energy, energy storage technologies, and cleaner vehicles—policies I fought for on the Ways and Means Committee. Finally, the Moving Forward Act invests in community development programs like public housing and affordable housing construction, which I advocated for in my "Locked Out" housing report, as well as expansions to the New Markets and Historic Tax Credits.
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We need to get serious about rebuilding and renewing America’s infrastructure. Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell have yet to produce anything meaningful on this issue in the nearly four years they have been in charge. Now, more than ever, we can realize the future our communities deserve.