Congressman Cohen Votes for Moving Forward Act

July 1, 2020
Press Release
Sweeping Bill Invests More Than $1.5 Trillion to Create Jobs Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure


WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today voted for the Moving Forward Act, a sweeping, $1.5 trillion five-year bill that will create jobs while rebuilding America’s infrastructure including not only our roads, bridges, and transit systems, but also our schools, housing, broadband access, green energy, and water infrastructure.

The bill contains major elements of bills Congressman Cohen has sponsored over the years, including H.R. 3663, the Complete Streets Act; H.R. 3959, the School Bus Safety Act; H.R. 1511, the Stop Underrides Act and H.R. 1400, the Horse Transportation Safety Act.

The bill also includes three of Congressman Cohen’s amendments that would authorize the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to study the inconsistent reporting of alcohol-impaired driving arrest and citation results, direct the Amtrak Working Group to study the reinstatement of dining car service on long-distance routes and sets a date for the establishment of the Committee on Underride Protection.

The vote on passage was 233 to 188.

Before the vote, Congressman Cohen spoke in favor of the measure from the House floor. See those remarks here.

After the vote, Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“I am proud to vote for H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act which is particularly beneficial to Memphis as a national distribution and logistics center and home to FedEx, the preeminent air cargo company in the world. This funding will make a significant impact on the Memphis International Airport, MATA, and the Port of Memphis, in addition to our city’s roads, bridges and railroads. This is a major victory for my constituents. Most important, it will create jobs.”