Rebuilding our Economy
A growing economy provides more opportunity for more Americans. We’re working to rebuild our economy after dark economic days. We are committed to building back better by modernizing our crumbling infrastructure to create millions of good-paying American jobs, combating the climate crisis, keeping us competitive on the global stage, and ensuring no community is left behind.
- All 32 Democratic Committee members introduced the Leading Infrastructure For Tomorrow’s America Act, or LIFT America Act: The sweeping legislation will modernize the nation’s infrastructure, rebuild the economy, combat climate change, and protect public health and the environment. The legislation invests more than $312 billion in clean energy, energy efficiency, drinking water, broadband, and health care infrastructure. As our nation combats COVID-19 and a severe economic downturn, the LIFT America Act fulfills President Biden’s promise to Build Back Better.
- Held a legislative hearing on investing in our nation’s infrastructure and the LIFT America Act: The Committee held a full Committee hearing on the LIFT America Act as it begins its work to advance a transformative infrastructure package. The LIFT America Act serves as a blueprint for action moving forward to revitalize our economy and communities.
- Ensuring Americans have access to safe and affordable drinking water, while also revitalizing our economy and creating jobs: The Committee advanced three drinking water protection bills with a markup in the Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee on June 16, 2021, and a full Committee markup on June 23, 2021. Following the Committee markup, two of these provisions were included in H.R. 3684, the INVEST in America Act, which passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 221-201 on July 1, 2021. The INVEST in America Act is a transformational $759 billion bill to update America’s roads, bridges, transit, rail, drinking water, and wastewater infrastructure. The drinking water provisions of this bill will ensure Americans’ right to safe, affordable drinking water and protect them from dangerous PFAS chemicals, while also revitalizing our economy and creating new jobs.
- Bipartisan Committee leaders re-introduced several energy bills designed to secure America’s energy infrastructure: These four bills will strengthen our energy infrastructure by enhancing security and resiliency of our pipelines, LNG facilities, and electric grid, particularly through the Department of Energy (DOE). These solutions and related cybersecurity legislation will help the DOE respond effectively to physical and cyber threats to our nation’s pipeline and LNG facilities. On June 10, 2021, the full Committee held a markup to favorably advance these bills to the House.
- House passed energy security bill: On June 22, 2021, H.R. 1374, the “Enhancing State Energy Security Planning and Emergency Preparedness Act of 2021,” passed on the House Floor by a bipartisan vote of 398-21. This bill will help states address vulnerabilities in their energy infrastructure and modernize it to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
- Held a hearing on the future of vehicle technology: The Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee held a hearing on May 18, 2021, to see how we can harness these innovative technologies while improving America’s economic competitiveness, strengthening consumer protections, creating and protecting jobs, and growing wages.
- Held a hearing to promote wireless supply chains and secure networks: On June 30, 2021, the Communications and Technology Subcommittee held a legislative hearing on several bipartisan proposals to facilitate a safe and competitive wireless future.