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Maloney Votes to Pass Critical Infrastructure Package

Jul 1, 2021
Press Release

Maloney Votes to Pass Critical Infrastructure Package

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) helped pass the INVEST in America Act, a major infrastructure package that will direct federal investments in transportation, bolster American workers, and tackle the climate crisis head-on.

“We are still driving on the same roads and bridges our parents and grandparents built fifty years ago,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. “It's time for that to change. Together we will revitalize everything from our roads and bridges to our broadband, airports, and drinking water systems. We need a comprehensive action plan to reassert America as the global leader in moving people and goods faster, cleaner, and smarter than ever before.”

The INVEST in America Act is a five-year, $715 billion surface transportation reauthorization and water infrastructure bill that will create good-paying jobs, invest in American workers and communities, and tackle the climate crisis. It  provides approximately $109 billion in federal transit funds over the life of the bill. New York will receive approximately $12 billion in formula funds, an approximately 59 percent increase over FAST Act levels. It also includes dramatic increases in funding for programs like the Capital Investment Program (CIG) which will receive $21.5 billion and can be used to finally begin construction of the Gateway Project.

The bill includes nearly $18 million for ten community-based projects in the Hudson Valley. Rep. Maloney worked across party lines and layers of government to develop these bipartisan proposals with County Executive Marcus Molinaro, Steve Neuhaus, MaryEllen Odell, and local officials throughout the Hudson Valley. From a new landing pier in Newburgh to a better, safer street network in Poughkeepsie, these hyper-local projects will improve the daily lives of his constituents by revitalizing infrastructure and fostering community.

“We need all hands on deck to jumpstart our economy in the wake of COVID-19. These community development projects directly address some of the most urgent needs in Dutchess County and will help set us up for future success,” said Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro. “These investments will enable us to improve Dutchess County for generations to come, and we thank Congressman Maloney for his continued advocacy and support.”

“This is a massive investment, and we’re thankful for Congressman Maloney’s advocacy on behalf of us here in Orange County,” said Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus. “Each project is critical to our ability to progress into the future. They will enable us to revitalize and modernize our communities, while ensuring the improved safety of our residents.”

“These projects will enable Putnam County meet the growing transportation needs of residents in our community as our economy bounces back in the wake of COVID-19,” said Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “Hyper-local investments in our infrastructure are key to long-term economic success throughout this reopening.”


Amendments and previously introduced bills of Rep. Maloney’s were also included in this legislation:

Repair our roads and bridges: The INVEST in America Act will dedicate an estimated $12.3 billion to fix New York’s federal highways. Rep. Maloney’s bill, the Bridge Investment Act, is also included in this bill. The Bridge Investment Act will dedicate $31 billion to repair America’s 47,000+ structurally-deficient bridges.

Support Scenic Byways: Rep. Maloney’s amendment renewing the National Scenic Byways Program was included in the INVEST in America Act. This bill will restore the program – which saw funding lapse in 2012. His amendment would reauthorize the program for the next five years and provide millions in funds to communities across this country to support scenic byways and the tourism they support.

Protect our National Security: The Chinese government has made brazen efforts to undermine the United States economy and our national security through Chinese State-Owned Enterprises, or SOEs. The Chinese see major transportation and infrastructure projects as an opportunity to expand the country’s reach into U.S. infrastructure, supply chains, and markets. Rep. Maloney’s amendment would ban Chinese State-Owned Enterprises from receiving taxpayer-funded highway, transit and rail dollars.