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House Passes Historic, Bipartisan Investment in American Infrastructure

Nov 5, 2021
Press Release
Ruppersberger is a Member of the House Appropriations Committee

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger tonight voted in support of historic and bipartisan legislation that will infuse $500 billion in new funding into America’s aging infrastructure, including roads and bridges, waterways, high-speed internet and pipelines. After previously clearing the U.S. Senate in August, H.R. 3684, the “Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act” passed the House of Representatives in a 228 to 206 vote and now heads to the desk of President Biden to be signed into law.

Combined with the Build Back Better Act, the landmark legislation will add an average of 2 million jobs per year over the next decade, experts believe, and significant investment in clean energy will ensure a more sustainable economy.

“Decades of under-investment in our crumbling infrastructure has taken a toll on every state including Maryland,” said Congressman Ruppersberger, a former County Executive who has long championed the economic investments of infrastructure improvements. “This bill is an opportunity to literally build back from the COVID-19 crisis better than ever. Funding for Maryland’s roads, bridges, waterways and broadband will not only create good-paying jobs, but will keep products and people on the move.”

H.R. 3684 makes the largest federal investment in public transit ever, the largest federal investment in passenger rail since the creation of Amtrak, the single largest dedicated bridge investment since the construction of the interstate highway system and the largest investment in clean drinking water and waste water infrastructure in American history.

The bill was passed in tandem with a rule advancing H.R. 5376, the “Build Back Better Act,” which delivers once-in-a-generation action to lower the everyday costs that burden working families – from health care to child care and more – fully paid for by making big corporations and the wealthiest pay their fair share.  Congressman Ruppersberger emphasized his commitment to supporting the Build Back Better Act.

“I look forward to passing a reconciliation bill in the coming days that will lay the foundation for a government that works for every American – not just those at the top,” Ruppersberger said.