Washington, D.C. — In response to the House passage of H.R. 3684, the INVEST in America Act, which is an important first step in delivering the transportation and water infrastructure investments we need, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) released the following statement from Vice President of Government Affairs Sara Chieffo:
“The INVEST in America Act is a forward-thinking surface transportation reauthorization that supports American workers, builds electric vehicle infrastructure, provides communities access to clean water, advances conservation and clean energy investments, and recognizes the threat of climate change. We applaud Chairmen DeFazio and Pallone for their leadership on this important legislation.
“It is critical that we repair our nation’s roads and bridges while building for a more sustainable and equitable future. This surface transportation bill will improve the safety of our roads and bridges while advancing clean energy investments in public transit and EV infrastructure, reconnecting communities divided by highways, and targeting investments in low-wealth, rural, and Tribal communities.
“Too many families across the country, especially in low-wealth communities and communities of color, lack access to clean, safe, affordable water, but the INVEST Act is an important step towards tackling our growing water infrastructure crisis. This critical bill will increase the Clean Water & Drinking Water State Revolving Funds, provide funds for Tribal wastewater projects, address PFAS contamination, create assistance programs to help low income families struggling to pay their water bills, help communities prepare for the impacts of climate change, and so much more. Clean water is a basic human right, and we urge Congress to move quickly to pass the transformative investments necessary to tackle the climate crisis, create family-sustaining union jobs, and ensure that everyone has access to clean water, no matter their race, zip code, or income.”
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