House Votes Secure Historic Investments in Wildlife, Resilience, Clean Energy

President’s Leadership Brought People Together Across Political, Policy Differences to Secure Largest Investments Ever in Climate, Clean Energy Solutions

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the bipartisan infrastructure package and the Build Back Better Act secures the largest legislative investments in policies and programs since the New Deal that will create jobs, strengthen community resilience, address environmental injustices, slow climate change, and recover wildlife. 

“The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and Build Back Better Act together represent the largest ever investment in climate action, natural resource restoration, community resilience and revitalization, clean water and air, and good-paying jobs since the New Deal. The president brought people together, across partisan divides and policy differences, to secure today’s vote in the House — and these bills’ victories for people and wildlife alike,” said Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “From the unprecedented investments in restoring our natural resources and establishing a Civilian Climate Corps to the expansion of domestic manufacturing and deployment of cleaner sources of energy, transportation, and materials, these investments will ensure no community is left behind as we transition to our clean energy future.”
 
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the Build Back Better Act include a range of provisions and investments that will benefit people and wildlife alike, including:

Build Back Better Act

  • $555 billion for clean energy and climate solutions across the building, transportation, industrial, power, and other sectors 
  • More than $27 billion for on-farm conservation and U.S. Department of Agriculture conservation programs, which will enable farmers, ranchers, and foresters to sequester carbon and reduce emissions on working lands
  • $6 billion for conservation, restoration, and protection of coastal and marine habitats and resources, including fisheries, to enable coastal communities to prepare for extreme storms and other changing climate conditions as well as for projects that support natural resources that sustain coastal and marine resource dependent communities 
  • Over $2 billion to improve wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, including $225 million to help families struggling to afford water and wastewater bills and nearly $2 billion to help local communities address stormwater and wastewater overflows that pollute local waters
  • $9 billion for replacement of lead water service lines and $970 million for lead service line replacement in rural areas
  • $40 million for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grasslands restoration
  • $10 million for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and partners to conduct wildlife corridor mapping and conservation
  • Support for updating nationwide flood maps, which will support planning efforts to guide smart growth and disaster recovery, keeping development out of flood prone areas
  • $500 million across agencies for efforts to facilitate environmental reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act
  • $2.5 billion for the Urban and Community Forest Assistance program, which will increase tree canopy in underserved communities, providing a wide array of climate and co-benefits
  • $3 billion in Environmental and Climate Justice Block Grants to support clean air, climate resilience, and adaptation projects in disadvantaged communities
  • $200 million to recover endangered and threatened species
  • $50 million for non-lethal tools to reduce conflicts between people and livestock, and predators and other wildlife, on national forests and grasslands
  • Reforming oil and gas leasing by increasing royalty and rental rates, levying new inspection and conservation fees as well as fees for idled oil and gas wells, and eliminating noncompetitive leasing
  • $27 billion for federal, state, and Tribal forests to support programs that improve wildfire response, wildfire prevention, protect old-growth stands, and restore forests by planting trees across the country
  • Protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from development that threatened pristine wildlife habitat and lands essential for the Gwich'in people
  • $250 million for restoration and resilience work in national wildlife refuges and state wildlife management areas

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act 

  • $55 billion to upgrade and maintain our nation’s drinking water and clean water infrastructure, including $23.4 billion for drinking and clean water state revolving loan funds, $15 billion to replace lead service lines and $10 billion to address PFAS contamination
  • More than $3 billion investments in coastal restoration and regional watershed restoration efforts 
  • $8 billion for wildfire risk reduction and management
  • $5 billion for FEMA hazard mitigation programs to build resilience in communities
  • $21 billion to remediate and reclaim abandoned coal mines, orphaned oil and gas wells, and Superfund sites
  • $3.3 billion to improve forest conditions, lessen the impacts of wildland fire, and better protect communities.
  • $2.1 billion for ecosystem restoration on public and private land.
  • Investing in responsible carbon capture, use, and storage and direct air capture and the infrastructure needed to move CO2 from where it is captured to where it will be stored or used in products like concrete
  • $1.4 billion toward a new PROTECT grant program, which will make U.S. surface transportation more resilient to extreme weather, including through natural infrastructure
  • $350 million and other support for wildlife crossings to improve habitat connectivity and reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions, including expanded eligibility within existing highway programs to include wildlife crossing and natural infrastructure projects
  • Upgrading the electrical grid and transmission system to prepare for new wind and solar as well as smart metering and electric vehicles
     


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