Legislation designed to update the country’s surface transportation policies is scheduled for floor consideration this week, likely Tuesday or Wednesday, in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The leadership of the chamber’s Democratic majority touts the legislation as a key piece of President Joe Biden’s infrastructure agenda. They intend to advance the bill prior to July 4 to demonstrate a sense of urgency. The five-year, $547 billion bill would reauthorize a federal highway policy law, which expires at the end of September.
“This legislation is an important step in reauthorizing surface transportation programs that expire in September and modernizing our nation’s roads, bridges, rail, and transit,” said Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). “It also contains critical provisions to ensure safe drinking water and includes measures to address water infrastructure needs.”
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