The nearly $500 billion, multi-year highway funding bill has passed the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. It has moved on to the House where it already has over 50 amendments. One of which hopes to delay the implementation of the Hours of Service reform rule.
The spending bill is being called the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act. Over the course of five years, the bill allots $494 billion for investments in highways, bridges, truck parking, and other surface transportation infrastructure.
“For far too long, Congress has taken a pass on trying to solve the toughest problems plaguing our surface transportation system, allowing it to limp along and fall farther and farther behind the rest of the world,” Congressman Peter DeFazio said according to Fleetowner. “That all changes with the INVEST in America Act, transformational legislation that moves our country into a new era of smarter, safer, more resilient infrastructure that fits our changing economy and society.”
But the bill passed the Transportation and Infrastructure committee along party lines. And Republicans in the House seem to have the same opinion of the bill as those on the committee. They criticize it as the Green New Deal in disguise. Republicans are unhappy that the bill has funding increases for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, public transportation, and building infrastructure that will be able to withstand extreme weather made increasingly common by climate change.