Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. co-sponsored the Moving Forward Act today. The $1.5 trillion bill (H.R. 2) would provide funds to build or repair critical roads, bridges and other infrastructure throughout the country as well as build schools, create new housing, and expand the nation’s broadband Internet access. In addition, it would allocate at least $7.6 billion for rail projects along the Northeast Corridor, such as the Hudson River Tunnel.
“Our country and the state of New Jersey is in desperate need of new and improved infrastructure,” said Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. “Everyone knows our roads and bridges are falling apart. The same could be said for our schools and low-income housing developments. All Americans deserve to live in quality housing near good schools with well-paved roads to get there. In addition, this bill will provide millions of new jobs to Americans who are out of work due to the coronavirus. I look forward to voting on this bill because it is great for our nation.”
The bill would include money to improve several aspects of American infrastructure. It would provide $300 billion to fix existing roads and bridges; $100 billion to add more environmentally-friendly public transportation to American cities; $29 billion to expand and upgrade Amtrak, the country’s public rail service; $130 billion to improve the health and safety of thousands of high-poverty schools; $100 billion to improve or create affordable housing; $100 billion to help deliver broadband Internet access nationwide; $25 billion to ensure communities have safe drinking water; and $70 billion to transform the nation’s electric grid to accommodate more renewable energy.