Congressman Cohen Supports New House Democrats’ Infrastructure Plan
WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today applauded the release of House Democrats’ framework to invest over $700 billion in our nation’s roads, transit, rail, aviation, broadband, wastewater and drinking water infrastructure.
The framework contains elements of legislation Congressman Cohen has introduced, including his H.R. 3663, the Complete Streets Act, which improves safety on our streets for all users including pedestrians and cyclists. Congressman Cohen also looks forward to pushing for the inclusion of several of his other transportation safety priorities such as H.R. 1400, the Horse Transportation Safety Act; H.R. 1511, the Stop Underrides Act; H.R. 1914, the DUI Reporting Act and H.R. 3959, the School Bus Safety Act.
Congressman Cohen made the following statement:
“Transportation is jobs. This framework outlines a comprehensive plan to invest in our nation’s infrastructure in ways that are smart, safe and sustainable. I’m proud that elements of bills I’ve introduced in this Congress are incorporated in the plan. America’s infrastructure is in crisis and has failed to keep pace with our economy, our communities’ needs and our changing climate. I look forward to working with my colleagues to implement this framework.”
The framework aims to:
- Bring existing infrastructure to a state of good repair;
- Set a path toward zero carbon emissions in the transportation sector, creating jobs and protecting our natural resources;
- Prioritize the safety of the traveling public
- Combat climate change by creating good-paying jobs in clean energy and energy efficiency;
- Create family-wage jobs with Davis-Bacon and other strong worker protections.
The surface transportation elements of the framework provide $434 billion over five years. That funding could be directed at the Memphis Area Transit Authority’s ongoing work on the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line along the eight-mile designated Innovation Corridor linking downtown Memphis to the University of Memphis Campus. It could also be used to enhance the Lamar Avenue corridor for use by intramodal transportation in America’s Distribution Center.