House Democrats, led by Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Frank Pallone (D-NJ), and Richard Neal (D-MA) unveiled the framework for a five-year, $760 billion investment in infrastructure. The framework includes, but is not limited to, repairing existing infrastructure, charting a path toward zero carbon pollution from the transportation sector, expanding broadband access, and improving water and wastewater services.
“Finding a path forward on transportation funding is a necessary step in potentially addressing other issues such as truck weight limits and Hours-of-Service enhancements,” said Kam Quarles, NPC CEO.
Over in the Senate, Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee Chair John Barrasso (R-WY) mentioned that advancing the highway bill, passed out of his committee last summer, is a priority post-impeachment. The $287 billion transportation reauthorization (S. 2302), which includes a chapter on climate, still need to be advanced by several other committees of jurisdiction, including Senate Finance, which needs to find a way to pay for an estimated $110 million in highway trust fund receipts.