Congressman Cohen Votes to Advance Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

August 24, 2021
Press Release
Rule also sets annual budget targets and sends the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to a vote later today

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a senior member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, today voted for a rule that advances major elements of the Biden-Harris “Build Back Better” infrastructure plan. The rule also set annual budget targets for 2022 through 2031 and sends the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to the floor for a vote later today. 


The vote on the rule was 220 to 212. 


Congressman Cohen spoke from the floor on the Build Back Better plan earlier today. See those remarks here


After today’s procedural vote, Congressman Cohen made the following statement: 


“Today the House moved forward on critical bills that will transform our country and invest in not just roads, bridges and pipelines, but in human infrastructure – permanent child care tax credits, expanded Medicare, rural and urban broadband, and lower prescription drug prices. In the weeks ahead, I look forward to working with my colleagues to fine tune these measures.” 


The resolution passed today paves the way for passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill, as well as the Build Back Better Act – which will stand for generations alongside the New Deal and Great Society as transformative investments in economic security for families, with more jobs, tax cuts and lower costs for nearly every American family. 
The Build Back Better Act will deliver more jobs, cut taxes and lower costs, doing so by making the wealthiest few and big corporations pay their fair share. 


This rule also established the procedure for the House to consider H.R. 4, the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. H.R. 4 restores the power of the Voting Rights Act to protect the sacred right to vote. Congressman Cohen, as Chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, has held a series of hearings on assaults on voting rights, and efforts to correct them, including six so far this year.  


He is expected to speak from the floor on voting rights and will release a statement after the measure is considered.