House to Consider Surface Reauthorization & Infrastructure Bill Before Sept. 30 Deadline
What happened: The House has adopted a plan to consider the Senate-passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) no later than Sept. 27. The plan emerged Aug. 24 as a compromise between moderate Democrats, who wanted an immediate vote on the IIJA, and progressive Democrats, who wanted the IIJA vote to take place after the Senate completed action on a separate, $3.5 trillion antipoverty and climate package—likely later this fall.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) released a statement affirming, “in consultation with the Chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I am committing to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill by Sept. 27. I do so with a commitment to rally House Democratic support for its passage.”
The House also approved the budget resolution, allowing committee work to begin on the $3.5 trillion package.
Why it matters: If the IIJA passes the House, it would allow President Joe Biden to sign it into law before the federal highway and public transportation programs expire Sept. 30.
What’s next: ARTBA and its members have a month to rally as many representatives as possible to support the IIJA. We will provide all ARTBA members with a grassroots toolkit for taking action in the days ahead.
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