WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), slammed House Democrats for passing a partisan infrastructure bill.
“House Democrats are more committed to the Green New Deal than dealing with crumbling roads and bridges,” said Barrasso. “Instead of working with House Republicans on an infrastructure bill, Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats rammed through a laundry list of liberal priorities. The House Democrats’ infrastructure bill is a dead end and has no chance of becoming law. It’s a road to nowhere.
“In the Senate, both parties worked together to write bipartisan highway infrastructure legislation that would help every state and every tribe in America. Fixing our roads and bridges will create jobs, grow the economy, and help Americans at this difficult time. The House should follow the Senate’s lead and get serious about infrastructure.”
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.