WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), slammed the partisan markup of the House Democrats’ transportation infrastructure bill. The legislation advanced out of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on a party line vote. This vote stands in stark contrast to America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act which passed the EPW Committee by a unanimous vote of 21 to 0.
“The House Democrats’ partisan highway bill is a road to nowhere,” said Barrasso. “Instead of working with House Republicans, the House Democrats cut them out and wrote a partisan bill. In the Senate, both parties worked together to write bipartisan highway infrastructure legislation that would help the whole country. Infrastructure is critical to our economic recovery. When House Democrats are ready to be serious, they should look to America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act as a bipartisan model.”
On July 30, 2019, the EPW Committee unanimously advanced S. 2302, America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019. The bill authorizes $287 billion over five years, including $259 billion for formula programs to maintain and repair America’s roads and bridges. ATIA includes provisions to codify key elements of President Trump’s “One Federal Decision” policy to streamline project delivery and federal approvals. The legislation also includes provisions to improve road safety, protect the environment, and grow the economy.