Key Langevin Provisions Included in Sweeping $1.5 Trillion House Infrastructure Package

Washington -- Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), today voted in support of H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, sweeping legislation that will invest more than $1.5 trillion to rebuild and enhance America’s infrastructure while creating millions of good-paying jobs and combatting the climate crisis. The legislation passed the House by a vote of 233-188.

“To rebuild our country and get Americans to work, we need bold investments like those within the landmark Moving Forward Act,” said Langevin. “This transformational package will make considerable improvements to the roads, bridges, and other infrastructure Americans rely on every day. I worked hard to ensure that as we make these needed investments, we also fund career and technical education to prepare the workforce of tomorrow that we need to build and maintain our infrastructure. I’m also pleased that this historic package includes important funding to expand transportation options for Americans living with disabilities.”

Included in the Moving Forward Act are provisions led by Langevin to enhance the nation’s transportation workforce in targeted careers. A study by the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University estimated that a $1 trillion infrastructure investment would create 11 million new jobs. Nearly half of these would require more than a high school diploma, but not a four-year degree. The Moving Forward Act includes legislation Langevin authored to create a task force on developing a 21st Century surface transportation workforce. The task force will be comprised of representatives from surface transportation industry sectors, labor organizations, and other experts and will develop recommendations and strategies to address surface transportation workforce needs, including ways to increase representation of women and minorities in surface transportation careers.

The Moving Forward Act also contains provisions from the H.R. 283, the Building U.S. Infrastructure by Leveraging Demands for Skills (BUILDS) Act, which Langevin cosponsored and which will provide funding to support workforce development and apprenticeship programs in transportation, energy, construction, and other targeted industries.

The package also contains several provisions based on the Langevin’s Disability Access to Transportation Act, which will update and modernize the transportation process for the one in four Americans living with a disability. Among the initiatives included are the establishment of a one-stop paratransit pilot program to allow paratransit riders more flexibility in completing activities of daily living, a requirement to streamline and make more transparent the Department of Transportation’s accessibility complaint process, and an increase in funding for initiatives that meet the transportation needs of older adults and people with disabilities.

Among the many provisions in H.R. 2 to address the climate crisis is a provision that mirrors Langevin’s Offshore Wind Incentives for New Development (WIND) Act. Rhode Island hosts the country’s first offshore wind project, and Langevin has long supported efforts to encourage investment to tap this renewable energy source. The provision included will extend the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for offshore wind projects that break ground by the end of 2025. The provision also preserves the ability of the Secretary of the Treasury to extend that deadline if certain generation thresholds have not been met.

In addition to the provisions Langevin championed, the Moving Forward Act:

  • Invests nearly $500 billion to rebuilds highways, bridges, transit, rail, airports, ports and harbors 
  • Includes a $130 billion investment in school infrastructure to safely reopen and rebuild facilities
  • Provides more than $70 billion to modernize energy infrastructure with the goal of transforming the nation’s electric grid, promote new renewable energy infrastructure, and support energy efficiency and climate resilience
  • Prioritizes $100 billion to expand affordable housing to reduce housing inequality
  • Secures $100 billion to expand affordable high-speed Internet to underserved communities
  • Allocates $30 billion to make upgrades to hospitals and health care infrastructure 
  • Places an emphasis on access to clean water by investing to remove dangerous contaminants from drinking water and modernize wastewater infrastructure

Full text of the legislation is available here.

A fact sheet on the Moving Forward Act is available here.