Harley Rouda

House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure passes INVEST in America Act

The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure passed H.R. 2, the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation (INVEST) in America Act, a 5-year, nearly $500 billion investment in our nation’s infrastructure, with four Rep. Rouda (CA-48) provisions.

“The INVEST in America Act is a strategic and cost-effective bill that empowers businesses, protects families, and creates quality American jobs — all while addressing the climate crisis,” said Rouda. “My provisions, which increase competition and overhaul outdated regulations, would improve Southern California’s transportation and energy systems while saving taxpayer dollars.”

“Finding smarter solutions to finally repair, rebuild and modernize our country’s infrastructure is key to driving economic growth and securing a better future for everyone. Congressman Rouda has done a tremendous job working with his colleagues to find ways to help communities stretch the limited resources that are available to fund infrastructure projects. We support Congressman Rouda’s amendment for a study of how taxpayer dollars are spent, and we hope it will eventually lead to the elimination of outdated restrictions that prevent communities from considering a full range of cost-effective and resilient materials,”said Chris Jahn, President & CEO of the American Chemistry Council.

Rep. Rouda INVEST in America Act Provisions:

SMART Infrastructure Amendment (Rouda 105): Would direct the U.S. Department of Transportation to initiate a review of procurement practices for transportation construction materials on federally-funded highway projects to encourage the use of resilient materials and improve the use of taxpayer dollars.

Household Goods Amendment (Rouda 101): Would direct the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to update regulations regarding the interstate transportation of household goods to protect consumers and support innovative technologies.

Transit-Supportive Communities Amendment (Rouda 107): Clarifies that metropolitan planning organizations can participate in the programs administered by a newly created Office of Transit-Supportive Communities.

Metro Performance Program Amendment (Rouda 108): Would ensure Southern California entities could participate in the bill’s Metro Performance Program, which would provide $750 million over five years to advance locally-selected projects.

This article was released by the Office of Congressman Harley Rouda.