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Congressional Democrats Unveil Infrastructure Bill


Newly revealed proposal includes over $30B in clean energy investments.  

Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday unveiled a broad  infrastructure bill that aims to increase clean energy, strengthen the power grid and tackle drinking water contamination issues, among other things.

The proposal, Leading Infrastructure For Tomorrow's America Act (H.R. 2741) or the ‘LIFT Act,’ includes $33 billion in clean energy investments, as well as $1.5 billion for residential and school energy efficiency upgrades, $1.75 billion for home weatherization programs and $1.5 billion for low income communities to replace pipes that leak methane. In addition, the proposal sets aside $4 million to make the Strategic Petroleum Reserve “environmentally sound” and also includes funding to expand access to broadband Internet.

Committee Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) told reporters the legislation makes “significant investments in rebuilding our country and takes an important step in combating the climate crisis by moving us towards a clean energy future and reducing our carbon emissions.”  In its weekly newsletter today, however, SIGMA called the proposal “largely a messaging bill to reinforce Democrats’ attention on climate change heading into the 2020 elections,” adding that the legislation is not expected to pass the Senate or become law.

The Energy and Commerce Committee has scheduled a hearing on the bill next Wednesday, May 22.



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