Congressman García Votes for Bold Investments in Nation's Infrastructure

July 1, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García voted to advance H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, which passed the House of Representatives 233-188. The legislation would provide more than $1.5 trillion in America’s infrastructure—rebuilding roads, bridges, and transit systems, and making long-overdue investments in housing, schools, broadband, and more. Congressman García, a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and a founding member of the Future of Transportation Caucus, successfully incorporated more than 14 unique provisions in the bill including elements from legislation he has introduced: H.R. 7074, the Promoting Equitable Transit-Oriented Development and Mobility Corridors Act; H.R. 6463 the Improving Access to Services Act; and H.R. 6464, the Improving Access to Jobs Act; and H.R. 3781, the INSURANCE Act. The bill takes groundbreaking steps to address climate change, inequity, and disrepair throughout America’s infrastructure.

“The Moving Forward Act boldly tackles global climate change and reshapes our nation’s transportation policy to promote social justice and equity. H.R. 2 promotes the use of sustainable technologies, prioritizes maintenance and repair, and invests in transit, pedestrian, and bike access at unprecedented levels. Chicago—the heart of America’s transportation network—desperately needs this overdue federal investment to create thousands of good-paying, union jobs and put America on a path to long-term economic prosperity,” said Rep. Chuy García. “This legislation, which includes more than 14 provisions I fought to advance, recognizes that infrastructure is more than just roads—it includes affordable housing; water that is safe to drink; and broadband to close our digital divide for education, business, and even health care.”

“For decades, working class, Black, and Brown communities have been starved of opportunities and segregated by policies that disproportionately saddle them with the consequences of inadequate transit, crumbling infrastructure, unaffordable rents, and increasing congestion. These issues are especially pronounced in cities like Chicago where families are being displaced by rapid gentrification and rising rents. These are issues I have championed and when I founded the Future of Transportation Caucus, sought to address. H.R. 2 promotes equity, access, and sustainability and breaks status quo policies that have led to decades of disinvestment in the most vulnerable communities, like the ones I represent.”

“I am proud to have shaped this landmark legislation from the start as a member of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. The Moving Forward Act puts America on a path to sustained economic growth and modernization. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should bring this bill up for a vote immediately. Refusal to advance the investments included in the bill would be a grave mistake by Senate Republicans. Our roads, bridges, and transit systems are crumbling, and the majority of Americans agree that we need to make bold investments in our national infrastructure.”

A summary of the provisions Congressman García contributed to the bill and his priorities can be found here.