Rice Supports Final Passage of $715 Billion House Infrastructure Bill
Legislation includes $19.39 million for projects in South Hempstead and the Five Towns, and Rice-led auto safety provisions
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Kathleen Rice (NY-04) voted in support of the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation (INVEST) in America Act (H.R. 3684), comprehensive infrastructure legislation that would modernize the nation’s roads, bridges, transit, rail, drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, and more. The bill also includes federal funding for three infrastructure projects in New York’s 4th Congressional District, and it includes three provisions Rice led to improve auto safety and prevent further tragedy on America’s roadways.
The NY-04 projects included in the bill were directly requested by Rice as “Member Designated Projects.” Project descriptions are below.
“Our infrastructure is crumbling, and today we took a bold step forward to fix it,” said Rep. Kathleen Rice. “The bill we passed today includes funding to rebuild our nation’s roads, bridges, transit, and water infrastructure. And I am thrilled it includes the funding I requested for projects on Long Island which will directly address some of our pressing critical infrastructure needs at home.”
Also included in the final passage of the INVEST in America Act, were three auto safety provisions led by Rice that would:
The HALT Drunk Driving Act, legislation introduced by Representative Debbie Dingell (MI-12) and co-led by Rice, was also included in the INVEST in America Act. The provision would require the inclusion of advanced, passive drunk driving prevention technology systems in all newly manufactured cars.
“As District Attorney, I made cracking down on a drunk driving a top priority,” said Rice. “And now I am continuing to fight in Congress to make our roadways a safer place. I strongly believe that while we work to repair our transportation systems, we also have an obligation to address the many public safety shortcomings on our roads. My three auto safety provisions and the HALT Drunk Driving Act will save lives, and I’m thrilled they have been included in final passage of the House bill.”
In total, the INVEST in America Act authorizes $715 billion for surface transportation reauthorization and water infrastructure. This includes $343 billion for roads and bridges, $109 billion for transit, $95 billion for passenger and freight rail, $117 billion for drinking water infrastructure and assistance, and $51.25 billion for wastewater infrastructure.
Additional Resources on the INVEST in America Act: