House Water, Infrastructure Bills Are Strong Down Payments on Challenges Facing People, Wildlife

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. House of Representatives should swiftly take up and build upon two essential infrastructure bills that the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure passed, the INVEST in America Act and the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2021. Both pieces of legislation lay a strong foundation for helping put communities back to work, strengthen resilience, recover wildlife, and address the climate crisis.

“If Americans were looking for a roadmap for how we can invest in resilience, protect clean drinking water, address the climate crisis, help wildlife thrive, and put millions of Americans back to work, Chairman DeFazio and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee have delivered. We’re gratified that the bill invests $400 million in wildlife crossings, which safeguard people and wildlife from deadly collisions,” said Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “Between this and the Senate’s surface transportation authorization, Congress has made a strong down-payment on some of the most important infrastructure challenges we face. The House, Senate, and White House should now work to strengthen these proposals and ultimately help people and wildlife alike thrive.” 

“Our water infrastructure has been badly neglected for decades, and the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2021 is a strong proposal that will go a long way toward addressing these problems,” said Jessie Ritter, director of water resources and coastal policy for the National Wildlife Federation. “This legislation contains some key features: It encourages solutions that harness the power of nature, it takes steps to ensure that federal dollars are distributed equitably, and it quadruples the authorizations for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. The House and Senate should work together to meld each of their proposals into the water infrastructure bill that America needs and deserves.”


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