Capitol Insider - September
House Agrees To Vote On Core Infrastructure Bill By Sept. 27
On Aug. 24, the House passed an agreement to hold a vote on its bipartisan $1.2 trillion core infrastructure bill (Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act, or IIJA) no later than Sept. 27, days before the surface transportation bill is set to expire on Sept. 30. This bill contains $55 billion for water infrastructure and lead pipe replacement, plus another $65 billion to install modern broadband infrastructure. It also contains $300 billion for highway projects over the next five years. However, this bill still faces an uncertain fate, as this agreement is non-binding and may face difficulties as progressive House Democrats also demand a vote on the much more contentious $3.5 trillion "social infrastructure" bill that has no GOP support. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) identified for Congress a wealth of tangible, state-specific benefits of the IIJA that range from job creation to improved safety and mobility for decades to come. Read more here about your state’s benefits.
$3.5 Trillion "Social Infrastructure" Bill Advances
On Aug. 24, the House passed the Senate's massive $3.5 trillion budget resolution in a 220-212 party line vote, sending it to both chamber's committees to begin building out the details of the legislation. The actual details of the legislation are being negotiated by House and Senate Democrats this week and next, but reportedly will include part of the NUCA-opposed PRO Act, as well as new federal paid leave mandates for businesses, and increased capital gains, individual, and corporate tax rates. This bill is running into Senate opposition, particularly from Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) who is worried that such a massive increase in federal spending will negatively affect inflation and the national debt. Sen. Krysten Sinema (D-AZ) also said she would not support a $3.5 trillion bill, causing the passage of this bill to be in doubt with the two Democratic defections. NUCA has not yet taken a stance on the as-of-yet-unwritten $3.5 trillion package, but of the details that are currently known NUCA has major concerns over some of the more overzealous climate provisions, labor policies, and proposed tax increases.
Make Plans To Attend NUCA's Fall Washington Summit, Nov. 2-3
Capitol Hill will be back in-person this fall and infrastructure will remain on top of Congress's to-do list! Join us in Washington D.C. Nov. 2-3 for NUCA's Fall Washington Summit and meet your lawmakers in person. Let them know that infrastructure and workforce development is a top priority for you and their constituents. NUCA secured the Washington Marriott at Metro Center (775 12th St. NW, Washington, DC) to serve as our Summit headquarters. Register for the Summit and hotel rooms at nuca.com/summit.
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