WASHINGTON — Today, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure unveiled the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation (INVEST) in America Act, a five-year, $547 billion surface transportation reauthorization bill. The current surface transportation bill is set to expire on September 30, 2021.
Included in the package is the Bourdeaux-authored Solar Use Network (SUN) Act, a bill to allow for more effective use of interstate right-of-ways to support renewable energy projects. The INVEST Act also contains funding for the construction and expansion of greenways, building off Bourdeaux’s National and Regional Greenways Act, and funding for increased express lane transit to end transit deserts, which was addressed in the Bourdeaux’s bipartisan Build Up the Suburbs (BUS) Act.
“As a Member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, I am pleased that the INVEST Act contains several of my legislative priorities for Georgia’s 7th District, including funding for greenway construction, express lane transit, and making better use of interstate right-of-ways,” said Congresswoman Bourdeaux. “Over the past few months, I’ve outlined my ‘FutureFit The Suburbs’ infrastructure agenda, and the need for any infrastructure package to focus on the challenges facing families and small businesses in the inner and outer suburbs. I look forward to working with my colleagues to fulfill that commitment as we mark up the bill and send it to the House Floor.”
The INVEST in America Act builds on the “FutureFit The Suburbs” infrastructure agenda introduced by Congresswoman Bourdeaux, focusing on the needs of inner and outer suburbs. The initial launch contained four planks: the National & Regional Greenways Act, the Build Up the Suburbs (BUS) Act, an initiative on Abandoned Mall Upcycling, and an initiative on a National Infrastructure Bank.
Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux lives with her family in Suwanee, Georgia and represents Georgia’s 7th Congressional District in the 117th Congress. Carolyn is a strong advocate for affordable health care, an economic recovery that puts workers and small businesses first, and investing in her district’s world-class public education system and transportation infrastructure.
Georgia’s fast-changing 7th Congressional District includes portions of the northeast Atlanta metropolitan area, including portions of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties and cities Peachtree Corners, Berkeley Lake, Sugar Hill, Norcross, Cumming, Lawrenceville, Duluth, Snellville, Lilburn, Suwanee, Grayson, and Buford.