Kaptur Applauds House Passage of $700 billion INVEST Act

July 2, 2021
Press Release
Includes Over $20 Million in Direct Funding for Ohio’s 9th Congressional District

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the INVEST in America Act, a critical part of President Biden and Congressional Democrats’ commitment to Build Back Better for the American people. The legislation will now be taken up by the Senate.

“Passing the INVEST Act, the largest infrastructure funding package in history, is a significant down payment on our promise to the American people and will have a transformative impact across the country,” said Rep. Kaptur.

“Americans are tired of navigating pothole-filled roads, congested bridges, and neglected public transit systems following on decades of underinvestment in America’s transportation infrastructure. As a down payment on our promise to Build Back Better America’s critical water and transportation systems, the House of Representatives has sent a bill to the Senate with more than $700 billion while massive corporations pay their lowest tax rates in 70 years. After decades of austerity-like spending, the House of Representatives has sent a bill to the Senate with more than $700 billion in funding to address our nation’s most pressing needs, all without raising taxes on the middle class Americans and small business owners who power our economy.”

“As part of this bill, I am happy to have crafted several provisions which received bipartisan support and were included in the final bill. One such effort directs the Department of Transportation to develop a forwarding-looking workforce development strategy with the needs of public fleet and regional transit agency mechanics and other essential employees in mind. This amendment, endorsed by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), strives to help workers who might otherwise be left behind in the new economy as electric vehicle technology reduces the need for the skillsets of traditional diesel mechanics. By preparing these workers for the jobs of tomorrow, we are investing in our people and their skills to help power a greener, cleaner future.”

“This legislation will create good-paying Middle Class jobs and will help spur equitable development and growth in northern Ohio after decades of disinvestment. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to swiftly pass the INVEST Act and send it to President Biden’s desk for his signature.” 

The INVEST in America Act as passed by the House includes over $20 million in direct funding secured by Rep. Kaptur for Ohio’s 9th Congressional District, including:

  • $2 million - Multimodal Lakefront Access, Cuyahoga County
  • $4 million - Sandusky Bay Pathway, Sandusky to Cedar Point
  • $4 million+ - Jackson Street/ Civic Center Mall Corridor Downtown Toledo
  • $2 million - Cleveland Hopkins Airport Master Plan
  • $4 million - Lorain County Lakefront Connectivity Project
  • $4 million - Life and Safety Facility Upgrades, TARTA M&O

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For more information contact Chris Dalton at (202) 897-7438 or Chris.Dalton@mail.house.gov.