Mobile Menu - OpenMobile Menu - Closed

Connect

Larson Votes for Transformative Infrastructure Package

July 1, 2020
Press Release
Package Advances Longstanding Larson Priorities, Including Funding for Projects like the I-84 and I-91 Tunnel Proposal

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) voted for HR 2, the Moving Forward Act. This a bold, transformative package that not only invests in traditional infrastructure (like roads and public transportation), but it also dedicates funding to rebuild schools, housing, expand broadband access, and more. This will help create jobs and fund transformative projects for regions, like the I-84 and I-91 tunnel proposal. The Moving Forward Act also includes groundbreaking investments in tax incentives for clean energy development (including the fuel cell industry in Connecticut) and it includes important provisions for Connecticut homeowners with crumbling foundations. 

We need a bold infrastructure package to move our country forward. Our nation’s infrastructure has a D+ rating from the American Society of Civil Engineers, which is unacceptable. The Moving Forward Act mirrors the type of investments included in my bill, the America Wins Act, and will create jobs and fix our roads, schools, housing, and other vital parts of our communities. The funding from this legislation will help bring to fruition projects like the I-84 and I-91 tunnel proposal. 

I have been a longtime advocate of this type of bold investment. Last fall, I brought the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) to Connecticut, so he could see firsthand how funding from this type of package could transform the region. Today’s vote is a huge step forward to making these projects a reality,” said Larson.  

Highways, Bridges, Transit, Rail, Airports, Ports/Harbors:  

  • Creates the Projects of National and Regional Significance grant program, a funding source for large infrastructure projects that reduce traffic congestion, such as the I-84/I-9I tunnel proposal 
  • Delivers better roads and bridges faster with more than $300 billion of investment that prioritizes fixing what we already have, including tens of thousands of structurally deficient bridges.  
  • Invests more than $100 billion in transit to put more zero-emission buses on the road, add new routes, and provide more reliable service, resulting in better transit options and fewer single-occupant cars clogging highways.  
  • Modernizes infrastructure to reduce traffic congestion and address bottlenecks, and makes roads smarter and safer for all users, including pedestrians and bicyclists.  
  • Triples funding for Amtrak to $29 billion, allowing for upgrades and expansion of the passenger rail network.  

     

Schools and Child Care:  

  • Invests in schools with the Reopen and Rebuild America’s Schools Act, which provides $130 billion in grants and bonds targeted at high-poverty schools with facilities that endanger the health and safety of students and educators. This investment will help students get back to school and create over 2 million jobs 

  • Invests $10 billion in upgrades to our childcare infrastructure, with particular focus on areas with a lack of available in safe and high-quality care.   

  • Establishes a $5 billion grant program to close the “homework gap” and get teachers and students access to internet and connected devices.  

Housing:  

  • Invests over $100 billion into our nation's affordable housing infrastructure to create or preserve 1.8 million affordable homes. 

  • Increases federal investment in low-income housing through a robust expansion of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, the nations primary driver of affordable rental housing development 

  • Establishes a new Neighborhood Investment tax credit that would subsidize certain development costs to encourage the rehabilitation of vacant homes or construction of new homes in distressed areas.  

  • Includes important provisions for homeowners with crumbling foundations (more here) 

Drinking Water and Wastewater:  

  • Protects access to safe drinking water by investing over $25 billion in the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and other programs to ensure all communities have clean drinking water and to help remove dangerous contaminants.  

  • Allocates $1 billion for water systems to upgrade treatment facilities to remove PFAS and other contaminates 

  • Invests $40 billion in new wastewater infrastructure to encourage efficiency and affordability. 

Clean Energy:  

  • Renews the Energy Investment Tax Credit (ITC), the most important national driver of clean energy deployment, for 5 years. This credit is vital to supporting Connecticut’s fuel cell industry. The legislation also expands the Energy ITC eligibility to include energy storage. 

  • Extends tax credits that support clean energy and efficiency investments for business and homeowners. 

  • Builds on successful incentives that encourage adoption of clean energy vehicles, including by extending existing tax credit incentives, creating new credits to support the purchase of used electric vehicles and zero-emission heavy vehicles and busses, and encouraging the deployment of clean energy vehicle refueling and recharging stations.  

  • Invests in programs, projects, and materials that emphasize resiliency while reducing carbon pollution from the transportation sector, including $1.4 billion in alternative fuel charging infrastructure. 

Health Care:  

  • Modernizes the nation’s health care infrastructure by investing $30 billion to upgrade hospitals to increase capacity and strengthen care, help community health centers respond to COVID-19 and future public health emergencies, improve clinical laboratory infrastructure, and increase capacity for community-based care.  

Broadband:  

  • Delivers affordable high-speed broadband Internet access to all parts of the country by investing $100 billion to promote competition for broadband internet infrastructure to unserved and underserved rural, suburban, and urban communities.  

  • Enhances payment support for low-income households and the recently unemployed.  

U.S. Postal Service:  

  • Invests $25 billion to modernize postal infrastructure and operations, including a zero emissions postal vehicle fleet, processing equipment and other goods.  

Local Financing & Community Development:  

  • Provides financing support for state and local government investments by permanently reinstating Build America Bonds and Advance Refunding Bonds, financing mechanisms that allow State and Local governments to invest in infrastructure at lower cost  

  • Promotes revitalization in economically distressed communities by making permanent and expanding the New Markets Tax Credit.  

  • Encourages the rehabilitation of historic buildings by temporarily increasing the Historic Tax Credit program for all projects, permanently expanding the credit for small projects, and eliminating rules that prevent access for non-profits, including public schools.