Washington, DC — New legislation from U.S. Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) delivers a forward-looking blueprint to rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure, invest in workers, reduce emissions and support wildlife. The National Wildlife Federation thanked the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee for swiftly taking up the bill—which includes a series of policies and ideas from the organization’s infrastructure blueprint.
“Chairman Barrasso and Ranking Member Carper are demonstrating once again that infrastructure and conservation are rare issues that can bring Congress together during this era of divided government,” said Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “This forward-looking legislation will rebuild crumbling roads, bridges, and railways, invest in a 21st-century transportation system, support well-paying careers, reduce climate and local air and water pollution, bolster community resilience, and conserve at-risk wildlife. We urge the Senate to act swiftly to pass the Barrasso-Carper bill and deliver results for communities, workers, and wildlife all across our nation, before the 2020 campaign overwhelms this opportunity.”
The National Wildlife Federation has been leading conversations with federal lawmakers and other partners on how to rebuild America’s infrastructure, invest in workers, strengthen resilience, and support wildlife-friendly and climate-smart solutions. The five-year surface transportation reauthorization bill includes a series of ideas and policies from the National Wildlife Federation or inspired by its infrastructure blueprint, including:
While this bill contains many exciting wins for wildlife and communities, National Wildlife Federation is troubled by the inclusion of language that seeks to impose arbitrary deadlines on complex projects, gives project proponents undue influence over the environmental review process, and continues a trend of sidelining agencies with conservation expertise.
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