Napolitano Unveils House Democrats’ New Infrastructure Framework
(WASHINGTON, DC) This week, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) unveiled House Democrats’ new framework for a 5-year, $760 billion investment that would rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure, create an estimated 10 million jobs, and put the U.S. on a path toward zero carbon pollution from the transportation sector.
“This is an infrastructure framework for the 21st Century,” Napolitano said. “Our robust plan modernizes our nation’s roads, bridges, buses, railways, airports, sea ports, and critical drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. It makes smart investments to create good-paying jobs, while tackling climate change head on and improving the daily commute. With traffic delays costing the average commuter $1,010 per year, we must do more to alleviate congestion and pollution in LA County and nationwide. This new framework strengthens our public transit system, environmental protections, and labor standards. We cannot afford the cost of inaction. It is time to build the infrastructure of the future.”
Napolitano, the highest-ranking California member on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, secured over $26 billion for California in the last major transportation bill, the FAST Act. She is the current Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment and has vowed to fight for her district and state as a new long-term infrastructure bill is written.
“I was proud to be at the table in 2015, and I will again fight to ensure the priorities of the San Gabriel Valley and our entire state are reflected in a final bill,” Napolitano added.
The Moving Forward Framework does the following:
- Brings existing infrastructure into a state of good repair and enables the completion of critical projects through long-term, sustainable funding.
- Sets a path toward zero carbon pollution from the transportation sector, creating jobs, protecting our natural resources, promoting environmental justice and increasing resiliency to climate change.
- Ensures a transportation system that is green, affordable, reliable, efficient and provides access to jobs.
- Provides safe, clean and affordable water and wastewater services.
- Prioritizes the safety of the traveling public.
- Helps combat climate change by creating good-paying jobs in clean energy, investing in energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas pollution.
- Expands broadband internet access, adoption for unserved and underserved rural, suburban and urban communities.
- Modernizes 9-1-1 public safety networks.
- Creates family-wage jobs with Davis-Bacon and other strong worker protections.
- Supports U.S. industries, including steel and manufacturing, through strong Buy America protections.
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