House crafts $85B infrastructure spending bill

By |  May 22, 2017

The House drafted an $85 billion infrastructure investment bill focused on funding for projects related to energy, the environment, health care and technology.

The bill, called the Leading Infrastructure For Tomorrow’s (LIFT) America Act, emerged from House Democrats on the Energy and Commerce Committee, according to The Hill.

Nearly half of the five-year bill ($40 billion) would be used to deploy broadband internet around the United States. Another $22.5 billion is dedicated to drinking water infrastructure improvements, and $17 billion is committed to the electric grid, renewable energy and energy-efficiency programs, The Hill reports.

“At a time when our nation’s infrastructure is either crumbling or in desperate need of modernization, it’s time we make real and significant investments for the future,” says Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey. “The LIFT America Act is a blueprint for critical investments in our nation’s infrastructure that will also create jobs [and] protect public health and the environment. I look forward to working with all of my colleagues to advance these key investments in American infrastructure.”

The bill emerged on Capitol Hill around the same time as a new Senate infrastructure bill.

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