Matsui Joins E&C Democrats to Unveil Comprehensive Infrastructure Package

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Washington, DC, May 17, 2017 | comments

LIFT America Act Invests in Infrastructure, Creates Jobs & Protects Public Health and the Environment

Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) joined Democrats on the Energy and Commerce Committee to introduce a broad 21st Century infrastructure package that includes key areas within the Committee’s jurisdiction, including broadband, drinking water, healthcare, the electric grid, brownfields and renewable energy infrastructure.  The Leading Infrastructure For Tomorrow’s America Act, or LIFT America Act, (H.R. 2479) sets out five years of funding for essential infrastructure improvements, job growth, and greater protections for public health and the environment. “We need to be making investments in the jobs of the future, and that starts with rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure,” said Congresswoman Matsui. “This legislation would spur economic growth in our local communities, all while protecting public health and the environment. I’m pleased to be joining with Ranking Member Pallone and my Democratic colleagues on the Energy & Commerce committee to introduce this legislation, and look forward to continuing our efforts to build the next generation of American infrastructure.” The LIFT America Act includes investments in several key areas including:
  • $40 billion for the deployment of secure and resilient broadband. The Congresswoman has championed the expansion of broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved communities to promote innovation.
  • $22.56 billion for drinking water infrastructure, including support for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.
  • Over $17 billion for energy infrastructure, including a provision that would double funding for the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) program. Congresswoman Matsui has led efforts to extend and fund the DERA program.
  • More than $3 billion for healthcare infrastructure.
  • $2.7 billion for Brownfields redevelopment, which helps communities clean up polluted properties. The Brownfields program has helped spur redevelopment efforts in both the Cities of Sacramento and West Sacramento, and it has provided funding for projects such as the Warehouse Artist Lofts and the Powerhouse Science Center.
A section-by-section of the bill is available here. The text of the bill is available here.


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