July 02, 2020

House Passes Several Harris Bills and Provisions in Major Infrastructure Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday applauded the House passage of the Moving Forward Act, a $1.5 trillion investment in our nation’s infrastructure. The package, which passed the House late Wednesday, includes a number of important bills and key provisions led by Harris.

“I applaud the House for passing the Moving Forward Act and including important bills and key provisions I’ve introduced along with my partners in the House,” said Harris. “This vital legislation rebuilds America’s infrastructure and works to combat the climate crisis— investing in our nation’s future. It’s now up to the Senate to pass this comprehensive legislation.”

Harris bills included in the Moving Forward Act:

  • The Outdoors for All Act, led in the House by Rep. Barragán (D-CA), a bill that improves parks and other outdoor recreational spaces in communities around the nation, particularly in underserved communities that lack access outdoor recreation areas.
  • The Living Shorelines Act, led in the House by Rep. Pallone (D-NJ), legislation to increase resilience to climate change for shoreline communities by creating a new grant program for nature-based shoreline protection projects.
  • The Housing is Infrastructure Act, led in the House by Rep. Waters (D-CA), which is a $100 billion investment in our nation’s infrastructure that comprehensively addresses the country’s affordable housing crisis and ensures everyone has a safe and accessible home.

Key Harris provisions included in the Moving Forward Act:

  • A program to help electrify the nation’s school buses, an issue Senator Harris has been a leader on, including through her Clean School Bus Act, led in the House by Rep. Hayes (D-CT). Rep. Hayes successfully added an amendment to the program to double the funding of the program and triple the set aside for underserved and disadvantaged communities.
  • Multiple programs and funding as envisioned in the Water Justice Act, led in the House by Rep. Kildee (D-MI), and the soon-to-be introduced Water for Tomorrow Act, including a grant program for watershed and ecosystem health and additional funding for water recycling and reuse projects.

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