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House committee approves $547 billion surface transportation package

June 10, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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UNITED STATES - May 12: Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., speaks during a news conference on infrastructure outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. (Photo by Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved a $547 billion surface transportation package aimed at pouring money into the country's roads, bridges and transit systems over the next five years.

(CNN)The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved a $547 billion surface transportation package aimed at pouring money into the country's roads, bridges and transit systems over the next five years.

The House proposal includes many of the same provisions that Biden proposed in his own initial $2. 25 trillion infrastructure plan, known as the American Jobs Plan, as well as a major embrace of green technology and a focus on mass transportation.

The committee's chairman, Democratic Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon, who introduced the bill last week and spoke with the President about the proposal, argued that the bill would be "transformational" in repairing the nation's crumbling infrastructure, create millions of jobs, and reduce carbon pollution.

The House transportation bill calls for $343 billion to be spent on building and fixing roads and bridges, and improving safety — a 54% increase in funding.

Another $95 billion will go toward improving the nation's passenger and freight rail, with $32 billion to Amtrak over five years, tripling the passenger railroad service's funding.

Surface transportation programs are set to expire in three months, and DeFazio said his hope is for the House to pass his bill and have a formal conference with the Senate before the end of September.

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