Doyle Votes for Massive Infrastructure Investment Bill
Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-18) voted today in support of H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, which would invest $1.5 trillion in rebuilding America’s infrastructure, creating jobs, and moving the United States forward on the path toward a cleaner environment.
“I have been calling for many years for the federal government to invest more in repairing and modernizing our nation’s outdated, crumbling infrastructure, so it should come as no surprise that I was a cosponsor of the Moving Forward Act – and that I was very pleased that the House passed this important legislation today with my support,” Congressman Doyle said after the House vote. “Pittsburgh has some of the oldest infrastructure in the country, and the Moving Forward Act would do a lot to help modernize our region and promote economic growth here in the coming years.
“The Moving Forward Act would modernize our roads, bridges, and public transit systems.
“It would also make important investments in a cleaner future for our country – including more clean energy, safer drinking water, the transition to zero-emissions vehicles, and the development of a smart, more efficient electric grid.
“In addition, it would invest $30 billion in health care facilities across the country so that we’ll be better prepared to deal with a future pandemic or other public health emergency.
Finally, this legislation would invest in our schools, affordable housing, and broadband deployment. It would ensure that ALL communities have the resources they need to thrive and to stay connected in a future where broadband internet service is a necessity, not a luxury.
“I’m especially pleased that, as a result of my work with House Majority Whip Clyburn and other colleagues, the Moving Forward Act includes $100 billion to help close the digital divide that’s left unserved and underserved communities behind.
“The much-needed investments in the Moving Forward Act would make life better for all Americans. They would grow our economy – and they’d create millions of good new jobs and put unemployed Americans back to work.
The Moving Forward Act would help us build a better future for Pittsburgh and our nation. I was proud to cosponsor the Moving Forward Act and vote for it today in the House. Now we need the Senate to take it up and approve it.”
H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act would modernize America’s infrastructure by investing $300 billion in fixing our roads and bridges and making them smarter and safer, $100 billion in public transit to provide quick and reliable service while increasing the use of zero-emission buses, $60 billion for passenger and freight rail upgrades, $10 billion for road safety programs, and more than $1 billion in electric and alternative fuel vehicle charging infrastructure.
This legislation would expand access to safe drinking water by investing over $25 billion in the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and other programs, and it would invest $40 billion in new wastewater infrastructure to reduce pollution in our rivers and streams.
H.R. 2 would also invest $100 billion in outdated schools in low-income communities that pose risks to the health and safety of students and faculty. It would invest $100 billion in creating or preserving affordable housing and expand the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit to reduce housing inequality. Finally, it would invest $100 billion to deliver high-speed broadband Internet to unserved and underserved areas.
Click here for a fact sheet about the Moving Forward Act.
Click here for a section-by-section summary of the Moving Forward Act.
Click here for the text of the Moving Forward Act as reported to the House by the Rules Committee.