The U.S. House of Representatives has adopted a plan to consider the Senate-passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) no later than Sept. 27, according to the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). The plan emerged Aug. 24 as a compromise between moderate Democrats, who wanted an immediate vote on the IIJA, and progressive Democrats, who wanted the IIJA vote to take place after the Senate completed action on a separate, $3.5-trillion antipoverty and climate package, which will likely later this fall.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) released a statement affirming, “in consultation with the Chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I am committing to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill by Sept. 27. I do so with a commitment to rally House Democratic support for its passage.”
The House also approved the budget resolution, allowing committee work to begin on the $3.5 trillion package.
If the IIJA passes the House, it would allow President Joe Biden to sign it into law before the federal highway and public transportation programs expire Sept. 30.
ARTBA says the association and its members have a month to rally as many representatives as possible to support the IIJA. ARTBA will provide all ARTBA members with a grassroots toolkit for taking action in the days ahead.
For more information on membership in ARTBA, visit https://www.artba.org/artbamembers.
This article originally appeared on the ARTBA Washington Newsline page, https://newsline.artba.org.