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A key first step

After an intense organizing effort over the last several months, the House passed a landmark infrastructure bill and yesterday President Biden signed it into law.

This is a long time coming, and a critical first step towards getting our country back on track. I've been fighting for action on infrastructure year after year, through Democratic and Republican administrations.

Now, after years of stonewalling, we've made headway, and we passed it, and we passed it with support from both sides of the aisle. We can't undervalue the accomplishment: we've set an absolutely terrific starting point for everything that has to come next.

Our nation's infrastructure has suffered delays for too long. This plan invests in rebuilding America – roads, bridges, ports, water systems, power grid, public transport, and more – all while creating thousands of good jobs.

And, through it all, we'll prioritize service, equity, and livability, especially in historically marginalized and underserved communities.

After four years of the Trump administration's attacks on our environment, this plan puts the climate crisis right back in the conversation by aiming to reduce our nation's carbon footprint. We're not going to sugarcoat it: our nation need to do more – a lot more – to rein in the climate crisis, and I'm already fighting for the next big climate action.

This win represents a great first step. But that's only what this is: a first step.

I'm just getting warmed up.

On to the next fight,

Peter

Posted on November 16, 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