Rush, House Democrats, Announce $760 Billion Investment to Transform America’s Crumbling Infrastructure

Jan 29, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), along with House Democrats, announced a new framework for a five-year, $760 billion investment that would create an estimated 10 million jobs and address some of the country’s most urgent infrastructure needs.

“Federal investment in high-quality transportation systems is directly tied to robust economic development. That’s why one of the most important things I do as a member of Congress is ensure that federal funding is efficiently used to address the infrastructure and transportation needs of my constituents,” said Rep. Rush.  “The introduction of this legislative framework reinforces that mission and builds upon the hundreds of millions of dollars I have already secured for critical infrastructure projects in my district.  I believe that this framework, combined with other bills I have introduced, such as the CLEAN Future Act and the NO EXHAUST Act, will create good-paying jobs for Chicagoans while also combating climate change in the process.”

The framework outlines major investments, including those in surface transportation, rail and transit systems, airports, ports and harbors, wastewater and drinking water infrastructure, brownfields and broadband.  Chicago and its surrounding suburbs are home to five major interstates, multiple regional and Class I railroads, intercity and commuter rail services, inland waterways, aviation facilities, and major intermodal freight yards. 

This robust investment will address America’s crumbling infrastructure by:

  • bringing existing infrastructure into a state of good repair and enabling the completion of critical projects through long-term, sustainable funding;
  • setting a path toward zero carbon pollution from the transportation sector;
  • providing safe, clean and affordable water and wastewater services;
  • creating good-paying jobs in clean energy, investing in energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas pollution;
  • expanding broadband internet access, adoption for unserved and underserved rural, suburban and urban communities;
  • creating family-wage jobs with Davis-Bacon and other strong worker protections; and
  • supporting U.S. industries, including steel and manufacturing, through strong Buy America protections.