CONGRESSMAN BISHOP VOTES TO PASS BILL TO IMPROVE ROADS AND BRIDGES ACROSS MIDDLE AND SOUTHWEST GEORGIA
Jul 1, 2021
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) voted to pass H.R. 3684, the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation (INVEST) in America Act, a sweeping infrastructure bill, which would make much needed investments in the country’s infrastructure. The bill was passed by a bipartisan vote of 221-201 and now heads to the U.S. Senate for consideration.
“I am pleased to support this bill which makes a strong investment in America’s critical surface infrastructure. The over $500 billion in this bill will help repair and build our country’s aging and deteriorating infrastructure. Included is more than $20 million for Middle and Southwest Georgia for safer travel to school, work, shopping, and medical visits,” said Congressman Bishop.
“This funding will help replace deteriorating bridges in Randolph, Talbot, Taylor, and Crisp counties; and support three projects in Albany to help improve traffic safety as well as renovate a historic bridge in Americus on S. Lee Street. In addition, there will be over $7 million of improvements along Brennan Road in Columbus which will spur local economic activity and funds for Macon to purchase two fully electric transit buses and four fully electric paratransit vehicles,” added Congressman Bishop.
This bill is a five-year authorizing bill which sets the tone for America’s investment in surface transportation. It authorizes a total of $547 billion which includes:
$343 billion for roads, bridges and safety;
$109 billion for transit; and
$95 billion for passenger and freight rail.
The INVEST in America Act has broad support from business, environmental, and other community groups all across the country. It is also part of the larger effort by the Biden Administration to build back better by working with Congress to address America’s traditional and much needed next generation infrastructure.