House Passes Infrastructure Funding Supported by Bonamici, Including $19.36M for Projects for NW Oregon
WASHINGTON, DC [7/01/21] – Today the House passed bipartisan legislation to make long-overdue investments in infrastructure in NW Oregon and across the country.
The INVEST in America Act provides $715 billion to make critical updates to roads, bridges, public transit, and more. Bonamici secured $19.36 million in funding in the bill for five projects in NW Oregon, and she championed provisions to address climate change through her work on the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.
“The INVEST in America Act addresses the infrastructure needs of NW Oregon and the country, helps mitigate the climate crisis, and creates good-paying jobs,” said Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. “I’m pleased it includes five important local transportation projects that I advocated for to help accelerate our economic recovery. The transportation sector is the largest source of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in the country, and we must take bold action to protect our planet. This legislation will help us decarbonize our transportation system, invest in the people who will rebuild our nation’s infrastructure, and truly begin to build back better.”
Video of Bonamici speaking in support of the legislation on the House floor can be viewed here.
The five local transportation projects Bonamici advocated for that are funded by the package are:
- $8 million for the next phase of the Newberg-Dundee Bypass, which is built to withstand a Cascadia subduction zone earthquake (Yamhill County)
- $4 million for long-overdue safety improvements to the Tualatin Valley Highway in Hillsboro and Cornelius (Washington County)
- $4 million for the Beaverton Downtown Loop project to expand pedestrian and transit access in a predominately low-income neighborhood (Washington County)
- $2 million for safety improvements in downtown Portland to ease traffic congestion and improve bus efficiency (Multnomah County)
- $1.36 million for a pedestrian safety sidewalk project near Warrenton High School (Clatsop County)
Bonamici serves on the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, the only member from the Pacific NW, and she helped draft the science-based Climate Action Plan to reach net-zero emissions no later than mid-century and net-negative thereafter. The INVEST in America Act incorporates many provisions from the plan that will:
- Help reduce emissions by investing $4 billion in EV charging infrastructure and $4 billion in zero-emission buses, $10 billion in pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, and by making record federal investments in transit
- Create a new carbon pollution reduction apportionment program that invests $8.3 billion to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and require states to measure progress
- Increase resilience by strengthening pre-disaster mitigation efforts, allowing for the use of more natural infrastructure, and supporting fish passage
- Create good-paying, high-quality jobs by investing in people who will repair and rebuild our infrastructure
- And more
More information about the INVEST in America Act can be found here.