“We need to make sure that our rails are safe. Democrats passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill and only $5 billion went toward rail safety. This is a failure. It would’ve never happened under a Republican-controlled infrastructure bill,” Ms. Greene said.
The bill, called the INVEST in America Act, would dedicate $343 billion to roads, bridges and safety; $109 billion to public transit systems; and $95 billion to passenger and freight rail. DeFazio called the legislation a “once-in-a-generation opportunity to move our transportation planning out of the 1950s and toward our clean energy future.”
According to NPR, the version which passed the Senate on July 28 is set to include:
- $110 billion for roads, bridges and other major projects;
- $11 billion for transportation safety programs;
- $39 billion to modernize transit and improve accessibility;
- $66 billion for passenger and freight rail;
- $7.5 billion to build a national network of electric vehicle chargers;
- $73 billion in power infrastructure and clean energy transmission
- $65 billion for broadband development.
On June 24, the bipartisan group met with the president and reached a compromise deal costing $1.2 trillion over eight years, which focuses on physical infrastructure (notably roads, bridges, railways, water, sewage, broadband, electric vehicles).
Passed the House on July 1, 2021 (221–201): 201 Republicans voted against the infrastructure bill, including Ms. Greene who has the intelligence of a DoDo bird… and Passed the Senate as the “Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act” on August 10, 2021 (69–30) with amendment: 30 Republican Senators voted against the bill…