Senate EPW committee urges passage of an infrastructure bill

As the House Democrats’ Moving Forward Act nears passage, members of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works agreed on the urgent need of an infrastructure bill, saying the House’s proposal stands no chance of being approved by the Senate.

“In our view, there could be no better time to meaningfully address these deficiencies than at a moment when the economy is struggling from the fallout of COVID-19, millions of Americans—including particularly many low-wage workers—are out of work, and delayed income tax payments, decreased sales tax receipts, and massive, unanticipated health and public safety expenses have wrecked state and local government finances,” Jason Grumet, president of the Bipartisan Policy Center, said in an article at Transportation Today News.

The $1.5 trillion Moving Forward Act is expected to pass before the holiday weekend, however, it’s future is in limbo, having already received threats from President Donald Trump on vetoing if passing the Senate. If there’s one thing that policymakers and government officials can agree on at this point, it’s the fact that an infrastructure bill is needed. As to how that bill gets molded is yet to be seen.