Congressman Alan Lowenthal Praises Passage Of Historic House Infrastructure Bill and Vote To Advance Build Back Better Act
Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) joined his House colleagues last night in taking two critical steps toward fulfilling President Biden’s agenda: passage of a major transportation bill, and advancing the $1.75 trillion Build Back Better (BBB) Act forward.
The historic and bipartisan $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) passed by the House is the largest investment in roads, bridges, freight, ports, clean water and broadband infrastructure in a generation.
Included in the IIJA’s $550 billion in new transportation and infrastructure spending is an unprecedented $7.5 billion to build out Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure, and an additional $5 billion for clean buses for transit agencies and schools. It will also spend $55 billion dollars to remove lead and other toxins from our drinking water.
These investments will touch virtually every community in America and will lay the foundation for robust economic growth. It will promote good, middle-class jobs and guide our path forward.
“We must not delay investment in roads, bridges, or the freight infrastructure which forms the backbone of our economy—especially in the 47th District,” Congressman Lowenthal said. “The bill will improve the movement of goods, and invest in our ports, helping to make our economy more efficient and productive. Under this legislation the Department of Transportation will rightly place more emphasis on environmental and equity impacts of freight movement, which will help the economy and health of our community.”
The House also took the first step to passing the historic Build Back Better Act reconciliation bill, which will make long overdue investments in the American people, and in American Families, all without increasing the deficit.
“With commitments from the entire caucus, I was proud to vote to advance the Build Back Better Act,” Congressman Lowenthal said. “Just as the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is designed to rebuild and modernize out physical nation--roads, bridges, highways--the Build Back Better Act is designed to strengthen the human part of our nation by providing drug pricing reform, the enhanced child tax credit, as well as investments in housing, the care economy and education.”
The bill guarantees universal preschool for every three-and-four-year-old in America. It would slash childcare costs for middle class families. It would invest in affordable college. Thirty-Five million families would benefit from the fully refundable child tax credit, slashing child poverty and providing resources to our communities.
Democrats came together on an agreement to let Medicare negotiate drug prices, and to cap out of pocket expenses. We can finally protect patients from inflated and unfair costs of critical drugs, including insulin. We will provide audiology services to Medicare recipients, for the first time in history. It will expand Medicaid to millions of people in states where Republicans have obstructed the Affordable Care Act.
The bill will also establish the first paid leave program in American history, and it will provide $150 billion to build and rehabilitate affordable housing nationwide.
Critically, the Build Back Better Act will provide $555 billion for clean energy and climate investments which will slash carbon emissions in line with President Biden’s campaign promises, and lower costs for the American people. It will support union jobs building next-generation electric vehicles, here in America. It will electrify ports and target pollution in frontline communities.
“These are critical priorities for nation and our communities and could literally save lives,” Congressman Lowenthal said. “It is absolutely essential that the House pass this bill as soon as possible. This bill was the result of a long process of compromise, and we will need to continue to work with the Senate to ensure that all these priorities reach the President’s desk and pass into law. By delivering for the American people, we can prove that our institutions work. We can prove that Democracy works. We can take a stand against cynicism and despair and build a better future for everyone.”