Washington, DC – Congresswomen Jackie Speier (CA-14) voted today to pass the Moving Forward Act, House Democrats’ sweeping legislation to invest more than $1.5 trillion in modern, sustainable infrastructure while creating millions of good-paying jobs, combatting the climate crisis, and addressing disparities in communities across California and throughout the country. Included in the H.R. 2 bill package were several amendments directly benefitting Rep. Speier’s District and the Bay Area, including an authorization of $250 million over five years for San Francisco Bay restoration efforts.
Rep. Speier issued the following statement after passage of H.R. 2:
“Today, I joined my colleagues in the US House or Representatives in passing the Moving Forward Act. This $1.5 trillion infrastructure package isn’t only about fixing our roads and bridges – it’s a comprehensive plan that adapts our nation’s schools, child care centers, ports, hospitals, housing, and transit for the future. It will help rebuild our nation’s crumbling infrastructure, creating millions of jobs in the process, and set us on a path toward zero carbon emissions and economic growth.
“I’m especially excited to announce that I was able to secure an authorization of $250 million over five years for San Francisco Bay restoration efforts – a significant improvement over the current annual funding of $5 million. The Bay is a national treasure and home to more than 100 endangered and threatened species. This funding will go a long way toward supporting projects for water quality improvement, wetland and estuary restoration, endangered species recovery, and adaptation to climate change. If we do not invest in it now, the damage to the Bay will be irreversible by 2030.
“Another major focus of the Moving Forward Act is to address existing inequities in our communities, which can be seen most clearly within our education system. With the transition to distance learning amid the coronavirus pandemic, access to high-speed internet is absolutely critical for success, yet 34 percent of U.S. households report not having access to internet because they can’t afford it. The Moving Forward Act includes a $100 billion investment for broadband infrastructure to underserved communities, including a monthly broadband credit for eligible low-income households. To further support students, two of my amendments will ensure that Pell Grant recipients are eligible for the broadband benefit as well as for demonstration grants to support reduced fare transit.
“The Moving Forward Act provides an opportunity to build a better future for the next generation and a stronger America for us all. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to immediately take up and pass this legislation, and for the President to sign it into law.”