Day One Recap of the Majority’s My Way or the Highway Bill 2.0 & Wastewater Infrastructure Bill Markup
The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure completed day one of an ongoing markup of two one-sided infrastructure bills that could have been addressed in a bipartisan manner had the Majority been willing to do so.
The Committee first considered and approved a wastewater infrastructure bill (H.R. 1915). This legislation abandoned last year’s bipartisan Committee agreement to reauthorize the Clean Water Act State Revolving Loan (SRF) Program and replaced it with partisan legislation at more than doubled the price tag.
Committee Republicans offered several commonsense amendments to the Majority’s bill, including:
The Committee Majority voted against both amendments and voted to flush bipartisanship down the drain. Click here for Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves’ opening statement on H.R. 1915.
The Committee next began consideration of the Majority’s My Way or the Highway Bill 2.0 (H.R. 3684) – a surface transportation bill based on the Majority’s failed partisan bill from last year. Instead of working with Committee Republicans this year to find a compromise that addresses priorities for Members on both sides of the aisle, the Majority elected to move further away from any middle ground and toward the left wing of their party. Click here for Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves’ opening statement on H.R. 3684.
Although debate on the highway bill will continue on Thursday, here are some of the Republican amendments the Majority has rejected thus far:
The Majority gutted a Rep. Pete Stauber (R-CA) amendment that would have applied Buy America Act requirements to critical minerals used in electric vehicles and ensured that U.S. dollars do not support the Chinese government’s polluting practices or human rights violations. The Majority’s changes to the Stauber amendment removed the provisions noted above, approving only a study of the issue. Click here to watch Rep. Stauber’s statement.
The Committee approved a Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX) amendment to close a loophole to prevent transit funding from flowing to the Chinese government, ensuring that all transit agencies – including Washington D.C.’s Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) – adhere to Buy America Act requirements. Click here to watch Rep. Babin’s statement.
While the markup of H.R. 3684 continues, click here for more information, statements, and video from the first day of the markup, as well as a livestream of the ongoing proceedings.