Cicilline Pressing $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Package

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

PAWTUCKET – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline is pushing for passage of the Moving Forward Act (H.R.2), legislation he co-sponsored investing $1.5 trillion in modern, sustainable infrastructure while creating millions of good-paying jobs. The massive infrastructure package includes legislation authored by Cicilline to encourage the research and use of innovative construction materials, such as composites, which can be used for vital, more resilient infrastructure projects. This legislation will create good-paying jobs, especially in Rhode Island which is a national leader in this sector and has nearly 70 composite companies.

“Rhode Islanders know how important it is to rebuild our infrastructure. This bill is worthy of the challenge we face. I am proud to endorse the Moving Forward Act to give Rhode Island the resources it needs,” said Cicilline. “The Moving Forward Act will create good-paying jobs bringing Rhode Island’s infrastructure up to speed. We need to fix our crumbling bridges, roads, and schools, and we need this bill to make that happen.”

  • The INVEST in America Act, a nearly $500 billion investment to rebuild and reimagine the nation’s transportation infrastructure by fixing our crumbling roads and bridges, improving safety, reducing gridlock, and putting the U.S. on a path toward zero emissions from the transportation sector by cutting carbon pollution, investing in public transit and the national rail network, building out fueling infrastructure for low- and zero-emission vehicles, and deploying technology and innovative materials. The INVEST in America Act is fueled by American workers and ingenuity thanks to strong Buy America provisions and labor protections.
  • Invests in schools with the Reopen and Rebuild America’s Schools Act, which funds $130 billion in school infrastructure targeted at high-poverty schools with facilities that endanger the health and safety of students and educators. This investment will help students get back to school and create more than 2 million jobs to help workers get back to work.
  • Invests over $100 billion into our nation's affordable housing infrastructure to create or preserve 1.8 million affordable homes. These investments will help reduce housing inequality, create jobs and stimulate the broader economy, increase community and household resiliency in the face of natural disasters, improve hazardous living conditions, and increase the environmental sustainability of our housing stock.
  • Modernizes our energy infrastructure for a clean energy future by investing more than $70 billion to transform our electric grid to accommodate more renewable energy, expand renewable energy, strengthen existing infrastructure, help develop an electric vehicle charging network, and support energy efficiency, weatherization, and Smart Communities infrastructure. It also Promotes new renewable energy infrastructure by incentivizing the development of wind and solar on public lands and building a workforce for offshore wind.

A fact sheet on the Moving Forward Act is available here.

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