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Transport officials report Congress on $ 1 trillion in infrastructure bill

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To guarantee long-term funding for the country’s freight and passenger mobility systems, transportation stakeholders are urging Congress to pass $ 1 trillion in infrastructure measures.

Executives representing the freight industry, the corporate sector, construction companies, environmental groups, and transportation systems have pressured US Senators to approve infrastructure measures passed by the Senate.

The bill includes a multi-year update to the Federal Highway Act of the country known as the FAST Act. Legal approval expired on September 30, but was extended for 30 days.

Congressman Nancy Pelosi has pledged to provide the House Democrats with a new October 31 target date to pass a stagnant bipartisan infrastructure bill and oppose the September 30 and October 1 votes. Said to withdraw.

On October 2, Pelosi said in a letter to the caucuses about the $ 1 trillion infrastructure package, “You must pass the BIF before that.


Separately, Congress on September 30 Approved short-term funding bill to avoid partial government closure..

“We expect them to vote. We expect them to put America first over their work. That’s what they were sent here. This is unforgivable, “said Chris Spear, president of the American Trucking Associations. He emphasized the truck driver’s contribution to safety and the economy and cited their important role in the supply chain to maintain the flow of goods during the pandemic.

Once the infrastructure measures passed, Spear explained: It flows to the state.It’s going to give the state [departments of transportation] Ability to plan year-on-year. “

State of play

As of 5:15 pm EDT on October 2

Short-term spending bill: Approved on September 30th.Maintain government funding until December 3rd

Infrastructure bill: No vote was taken in the House of Representatives while waiting for an agreement on a larger settlement bill

Highway Trust Fund Reapproval: Expired at midnight on September 30th.House and Senate approve 30-day extension

The US Chamber of Commerce is also driving the passage of infrastructure legislation, pointing out potential economic benefits across a myriad of sectors. Sae Yamamoto, CEO of the Chamber of Commerce, said: Fulfilling this long-standing promise will grow our economy and strengthen our competitiveness over the next few decades. “

Paul Skoutelas, CEO of the American Public Transportation Association, has approved that the public transport program has been allocated more than $ 100 billion in infrastructure bills. He recently told the House Committee: “Investing in public transport will help significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality and public health, and transform our transport network for a sustainable future.”

Parliamentary leaders claim the House of Representatives is ready to clear $ 1 trillion in infrastructure policy legislation for President Joe Biden. Pelosi urged his colleagues to support the bill, which is a pillar of the president’s national agenda.

Investing in public transport will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality and public health.

Paul Scouterasu, CEO of the American Public Transportation Association

Paul Scoo Terrace

“We all know that we must rebuild our green climate initiative and its goals and responsibilities in that regard in a responsible manner,” said the speaker. “Pass infrastructure [bill] What that means in terms of work, and taking our country into the future, is always exciting.And because the president had resistance, it was always bipartisan for years here, not for a while. [Barack] Obama was president. We passed the bill, but it wasn’t the scale we needed. “

The progressive block of caucuses postponed voting for infrastructure packages without voting for the $ 3.5 trillion social infrastructure budget, leading to a vote scheduled for September 30 but not held. .. Parliamentary Progressive Caucus Chairman Pramirajayapal (D-Wash.) Supports the reform of the big picture. As she said, “This agenda is not some fringe wishlist. It is the agenda of the president, the agenda of the Democratic Party, and when we deliver the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the White House to us. Everyone promised voters. “



Federal approval for ground transportation programs has expired because bipartisan infrastructure legislation was not approved by September 30. To avoid confusion in funding the state’s DOT, the House of Representatives passed a 30-day extension on October 1, and the Senate approved it on October 2.

Meanwhile, Republican leaders continue to criticize the Democratic agenda. Kevin McCarthy, California’s House Republican leader, argued that a majority plan would hinder small businesses.

“The Democrats want to use this temporary pandemic as a permanent socialist Trojan, they almost said, and it’s 50 million Americans to fight. I chose a Republican Senator, “said Kentucky Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell recently.

Democrats want to use this temporary pandemic as a permanent socialist Trojan.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell

Senator Mitch McConnell

In addition to the multi-year reapproval of the FAST Act highway law policy, the infrastructure bill is about $ 100 billion for highways and bridges, $ 66 billion for freight and passenger rail operations, and 650 for local broadband internet access. We will provide $ 100 million and $ 46 billion in bad weather. -Resilience climate change program, $ 39 billion for transportation systems, $ 25 billion for airport modernization projects. A law specific to trucking policy establishes the Truck Leasing Task Force, which allows commercial drivers under the age of 21 to apprentice to drive on interstate highways.

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