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June 19, 2020 10:15 AM, EDT

House Panel Advances Multiyear Highway Bill

Peter DeFazioHouse Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio by Alex Wroblewski/Bloomberg News

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The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee advanced a five-year, $494 billion highway policy bill June 18.

The measure, approved along party lines, is designed to update many freight and passenger transportation programs while promoting climate change-centric and infrastructure-resilience policies. The measure moved to the floor of the chamber where House leaders intend to debate it before July 4.

“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,” said Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), who sponsored the bill titled the INVEST in America Act. “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.”

Overall, the House bill would provide $319 billion for the federal-aid highway program at the Federal Highway Administration. The Federal Transit Administration would receive $105 billion. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration would be provided $5.3 billion. And the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration would receive $4.6 billion.

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