House Dems' 'Green' Transpo Funding Bill Faces Uphill Battle
By Linda Chiem (June 15, 2020, 9:06 PM EDT) -- Against a backdrop of sharp political divisions, the environmental reforms that House Democrats have embraced in a nearly $500 billion proposal to rebuild highways, railroads, transit and other infrastructure signal that locking in a replacement for current transportation funding legislation that expires in September remains a long shot, experts say.
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Wednesday will mark up a proposed five-year bill that calls for investing $494 billion in the nation's roads, railways, transit and other surface transportation infrastructure, while also addressing climate change and a potential new funding alternative to the federal gas tax.
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