June 3, House Democrats released the bill text for a five-year, $484 billion surface transportation reauthorization package, the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act. The House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee has also published a corresponding fact sheet, summary, and section-by-section breakdown of the bill. The package still does not address some key elements or surface transportation reauthorization, such as the issue of financing this multi-year funding bill.
House T&I Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) said that the committee plans to markup and pass the package on June 17 and have a full vote on the House floor at the beginning of July. The bill serves as an opening offer from House Democrats on the policy portions of the bill that will replace the current highway bill, the FAST Act, which set to expire at the end of September. It’s not likely to become law in its current form, and many of the proposals it includes will face opposition in the Republican-controlled Senate