WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Wildlife Federation heralded today’s passage of the Moving Forward Act (H.R. 2) by the U.S. House of Representatives and urged the Senate to follow suit. The legislation will put millions of people back to work, increase community resilience and reduce pollution through critical investments in natural infrastructure for resilience and wildlife, clean energy and transportation, environmental justice, clean water and ecosystem restoration.
“For too long infrastructure has been a running joke in Washington, but with an economy in free fall, 40 million Americans unemployed, our global competitiveness challenged and our climate in crisis, it’s just not funny anymore. We can no longer fail to act. We need big solutions — like the Moving Forward Act — that will help jumpstart our economy, modernize our crumbling infrastructure and confront our greatest challenges, including climate change. This future-focused legislation will create millions of jobs through traditional and natural infrastructure projects that will bolster community resilience, reduce climate pollution, revitalize frontline communities, restore degraded lands and waters and help recover at-risk wildlife populations,” said Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “We are grateful for the leadership of Speaker Pelosi, Chairman DeFazio and their colleagues for passing H.R. 2 and urge the Senate to come to the table with their work on surface transportation and water infrastructure to negotiate a comprehensive infrastructure deal.”
The National Wildlife Federation has been an unwavering advocate for infrastructure solutions that support America’s workers, invest in communities that have powered the nation for generations, address the climate crisis, protect clean water and help at-risk species. The Federation has worked with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Cal.), Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Congressman Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), Congressman Matt Cartwright (D-Penn.), Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) and others to ensure the Moving Forward Act included support for natural infrastructure projects that recover populations of at-risk fish, wildlife and plant species, wildlife crossings and corridors, investments in clean energy, emissions-reducing transportation infrastructure and water infrastructure and community resilience projects.
The National Wildlife Federation heralded the bill for its inclusion of a range of critical titles and provisions, including:
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has passed a bipartisan transportation reauthorization bill with many of the same priorities, but it has yet to be brought to the full Senate for consideration.
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