Haaland: Moving Forward Act to Bring New Mexico Estimated $3,054,059,773 for Transportation
Washington, D.C – Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01) voted for and the U.S. House passed the Moving Forward Act, a bill that will bring New Mexico an estimated $2,648,658,636 for highways and $405,401,137 for transit over 5 years. Nationally, the Moving Forward Act will provide nearly $500 billion of investment in highways, transit and rail systems while creating jobs, tackling climate change and addressing disparities between communities. The bill passed Wednesday with provisions from Haaland’s Interregional Transmission Planning Improvement Act to improve the electricity transmission planning process, which will be needed to build the robust electric transmission system critical to expanding use of clean, renewable energy sources.
“We have the potential to rebuild our country and our economy so we meet the challenges of climate change and ensure a just and equitable future for everyone, but policies of the past have led to elevated unemployment rates, a climate crisis and vast income inequality. The Moving Forward Act will invest in infrastructure and create good-paying jobs while moving us toward an equitable renewable energy revolution,” said Congresswoman Deb Haaland.
Haaland also added an amendment to increase broadband spectrum access for Tribes. Due to the disproportional impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Indian Country, Tribes are at risk of missing the deadline to apply for spectrum access. Haaland’s amendment extends the Federal Communication Commissions’ 2.5 GHz Tribal Priority Filing Window deadline which is set to close on August 3, 2020. If the bill passes, the filing deadline will be delayed by 180 days giving Tribes more time to apply for spectrum access over Tribal lands to assist with wireless broadband internet deployment.
“Native communities across the country need to be connected to broadband internet to address longstanding disparities, but right now there are barriers for Tribes to access broadband on their lands. The amendment I included in the Moving Forward Act will remove one of those barriers and ensure Tribes can begin the steps to self-govern and provide high speed internet for Native Americans on Tribal lands across the country,” said Congresswoman Deb Haaland.
H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, is a more than $1.5 trillion plan to rebuild American infrastructure—not only our roads, bridges, and transit systems, but also our schools, housing, broadband access, and so much more. By investing in families, workers, and communities across the country, we can support American manufacturing and ingenuity and create millions of jobs that cannot be exported, all while putting our country on a path toward zero carbon emissions, making communities and roads safer, and addressing long-standing disparities. It’s about investing in infrastructure that is smarter, safer, and made to last.
Specifically, the Moving Forward Act would:
- Put millions of Americans to work rebuilding our nation’s crumbling infrastructure and as a result, it invests in American workers, American manufacturing and American ingenuity.
- Meet the challenge of the climate crisis by building the clean transportation sector of the future and mitigating the threat of extreme weather by building more resilient infrastructure, reforming existing programs, and harnessing American ingenuity in our fight against climate change
- Build a just and equitable future by requiring investment in communities that have been disproportionately and negatively impacted by transportation decisions and consideration of equity and environmental justice.
Investing in lasting infrastructure and fighting climate change have been at the top of Congresswoman Haaland’s agenda. Earlier this week, the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis unveiled a comprehensive congressional climate action framework, highlighting Congresswoman Deb Haaland’s work to address climate change. Haaland’s 30 by 30 Resolution to Save Nature, Climate Stewardship Act, and 100% Clean Economy Act are important tools in the effort to solve the climate crisis.