U.S. Senate votes to revitalize American infrastructure

On Aug. 10, the U.S. Senate finally voted yes on a historic investment in our nation’s infrastructure. 

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Mary Katherine Moore
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Author: Mary Katherine Moore

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Mary Katherine creates print and digital content with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network, with a focus on Environment America and its state affiliates. Mary Katherine lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she enjoys reading, running, baking and hiking.

After years of failed “Infrastructure Weeks” and months of debate, on Aug. 10, the U.S. Senate finally passed a historic investment in our nation’s infrastructure. 

The Senate’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act marks the largest proposed investment in clean energy transmission and electric vehicle infrastructure ever made, allocating $40 billion to modernize transit, $5 billion to electrify school and transit buses, and $27 billion to strengthen our clean energy grid. The act included other environmental victories, such as funding lead pipe removals, reconnecting wildlife habitats and cleaning up Superfund sites.

“The infrastructure we build impacts our health and the environment for decades into the future,” said Environment America President Wendy Wendlandt. “This historic investment will leave our country healthier, stronger and more resilient.”

But there’s still progress to be made. This legislation now heads to the House, where Environment America helped deliver a letter signed by 180 U.S. representatives urging House leadership to include energy efficiency and clean energy transportation tax incentives in the final bill. 

Read more about the act. 

Learn more about our Destination Zero Carbon campaign or our Clean, Green & Renewable Energy campaign.

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Mary Katherine Moore
Content Creator

Author: Mary Katherine Moore

Content Creator

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., magna cum laude, Boston University

Mary Katherine creates print and digital content with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network, with a focus on Environment America and its state affiliates. Mary Katherine lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she enjoys reading, running, baking and hiking.