Blue Dog Coalition Endorses Senate-Passed Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, Calls for Vote as Quickly as Possible

Aug 20, 2021
Press Release
WASHINGTON—Today, the Democratic Blue Dog Coalition announced it has endorsed the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which the Senate passed on August 10, 2021. Blue Dog Coalition leadership has consistently called for House leadership to bring the Senate-passed bipartisan infrastructure legislation to the House floor for a vote as a standalone bill as quickly as possible.
 
Rep. Ed Case (HI-01), the Blue Dog Coalition’s Co-Chair for Policy and Legislative Strategy, issued the following statement:
 
“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will deliver the largest long-term investment in our nation’s infrastructure in nearly a century—making historic investments that will create family-sustaining jobs, help combat the climate crisis, and connect communities, small businesses, and families nationwide with high-speed internet. Additionally, it will fix our nation’s crumbling roads and bridges, make the largest investment in clean drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in American history, and ensure our nation can remain dominant in the global economy. The Senate passed this bill with the support of 69 Senators, Democrats and Republicans, and the sooner we pass this historic legislation in the House, the sooner we can send it to the President’s desk and ultimately begin delivering on our promises to the American people. The Co-Chairs of the Blue Dog Coalition oppose efforts to delay consideration of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act—a pillar of President Biden’s American Jobs Plan Proposal—in the House. As the House begins developing legislation to address other key elements of the American Jobs and Families Plan proposals, the House must not delay progress for our constituents, who stand to gain so much once this bill is signed into law.”
 
According to the White House, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act would accomplish the following for the American people among other major investments:
 
  • Makes the largest federal investment in public transit ever;
  • Makes the largest federal investment in passenger rail since the creation of Amtrak;
  • Makes the single largest dedicated bridge investment since the construction of the interstate highway system;
  • Makes the largest investment in clean drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in American history, delivering clean water to millions of families;
  • Ensures every American has access to reliable high-speed internet;
  • And helps the United States tackle the climate crisis by making the largest investment in clean energy transmission and EV infrastructure in history; electrifying thousands of school and transit buses across the country; and creating a new Grid Deployment Authority to build a resilient, clean, 21st century electric grid.
 
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