Congresswoman Barbara Lee Votes in Favor of the Invest in America Act, Applauds Inclusion of East Bay Transportation Projects
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, today voted to pass the Invest in America Act, landmark legislation to invest $715 billion in state and local infrastructure projects. The legislation is now headed to the Senate for consideration before going to President Biden’s desk.
For the first time in a decade, Congress considered a surface transportation bill that includes member-requested projects. This will allocate money specifically for projects in Congressional districts across the country.
Included in this legislation are ten projects in California’s 13th Congressional District These projects include improvements to bike and pedestrian infrastructure, road improvement, and renovations to BART stations throughout the East Bay.
“It’s no secret that across America, our infrastructure is not up to standard. Our district is no exception,” said Congresswoman Lee. “I was proud to fight for investments in sustainable mobility, road improvement, and public transit in California’s 13th district. California has always been a leader in sustainability. I’m hopeful that the East Bay can continue that trend with meaningful investment in pedestrian-safe roads and trails, and clean vehicles. As we begin to slowly return to a sense of normalcy recovering from this pandemic, it’s important to ensure people have safe and equitable modes of transportation to move around within their communities.
“Transit and infrastructure have always been racial justice issues, so we must be intentional about making these investments equitably. I will continue fighting with my colleagues to make meaningful investments into our infrastructure. Rebuilding our crumbling roads and bridges and investing in sustainability should not be partisan issues. It’s past time we address these issues in Congress with the urgency they deserve, and I’m pleased this legislation passed convincingly in the House. Now it’s on to the Senate to get this legislation across the finish line and make long overdue investments in our nation’s infrastructure.”
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