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Jobs to fight climate change?

Last Friday was a big deal.

House Democrats unveiled my bill, the INVEST in America Act, to modernize and reimagine our transportation sector. My INVEST in America Act is the first bill that puts a core piece of President Biden's American Jobs Plan into legislative action.

The INVEST in America Act does just that—invests money here at home in our communities. My bill will put people to work fixing our existing roads and bridges, and make historic investments in public transit, rail, biking and walking infrastructure, and zero emission transit options. And the best part about it? We'll create good-paying jobs to get it done.

The INVEST in America Act is not only designed to rebuild our infrastructure but to reimagine it in a way that makes sense for communities large and small. The bill increases access to transit options for rural and underserved communities, including a significant increase in rural transit. We have to give folks in underserved and rural areas access to transit so they can get to their job or drop their kids off at child care.

This bill is a win-win-win. It's a win for our communities. It's a win for workers. And it's a win for the environment. The National Resource Defense Council recently called the INVEST in America Act, "possibly the greenest transportation bill yet."

Climate change is here and now it's up to us to adapt. That's why I'm fighting to build a 21st century transportation system that is low on carbon pollution and big on jobs. It's time we move our transportation system out of the 1950s and toward a clean energy future.

We have a once in a generation moment to get it done. Let's do this!

Peter

Posted on June 9, 2021.

As Independent as Oregon.

Peter DeFazio's common-sense proposals aim to create good-paying jobs, expand access to affordable health care and develop options outside of the for-profit marketplace, restore economic and educational opportunities, hold government accountable and tip the scales of inequality back in favor of hard-working Oregonians.

Meet Peter