Congressman Cohen Secures Legislative Wins in the Senate-Passed Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

August 10, 2021
Press Release
Bill contains several measures Congressman Cohen authored

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Steve Cohen, a senior member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, secured the inclusion of several pieces of legislation in the bipartisan infrastructure framework, or the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, that passed today in the Senate. The bipartisan infrastructure bill includes the Multiple Substance Impaired Driving Prevention Act in its entirety, the Interstate Rail Compacts Advancement Act in its near entirety, and parts of the Stop Underrides Act and the Complete Streets Act.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“I am pleased that several bills I authored to make our roads safer and more accessible made their way to passage in the Senate’s bill. I hope the Senate will also pass the larger $3.5 trillion infrastructure package through reconciliation in order to make a once-in-a-generation investment in a greener, fairer and more prosperous future. I look forward to reviewing both measures when they are considered by the House of Representatives.”

The Multiple Substance Impaired Driving Act would address an under-reported cause of many serious and fatal vehicle accidents by increasing investment in technologies for detecting multiple-substance impairment. The bill was introduced in the Senate by Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ).

The Interstate Rail Compacts Advancement Act would create multi-state passenger rail commissions to promote regional coordination and sustain a vision of passenger rail service across America.

The Stop Underrides Act would require all large truck trailers to have front, side, and rear underride guards. In 2014, Memphians Randy and Laurie Higginbotham, lost their 33-year old son Michael when his car crashed into a semi-truck trailer and ended up under it. The Stop Underrides Act would aim to prevent such accidents. A companion bill was introduced in the Senate by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL). 

The Complete Streets Act would require states set aside a portion of their federal highway funding to create a grant program that will fund “complete streets” projects to make transit routes safer and more accessible. A companion bill was introduced by Senator Ed Markey (D-MA).

All four measures were also fully or partly included in the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation (INVEST) in America Act, an ambitious five-year surface transportation bill containing several of his legislative priorities that passed in the House of Representatives on July 1, 2021.