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Congressman Tim Ryan Votes in Support of House Infrastructure Package

July 1, 2020
Press Release
Bill Includes Ryan’s Hot Cars Act to Save the Lives of Children

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today voted in support of the Moving Forward Act (H.R. 2), which will invest more than $1.5 trillion in modern sustainable infrastructure and create millions of good-paying jobs. The legislation also included Congressman Ryan’s HOT CARS Act (H.R. 3593), a bipartisan bill he introduced in 2018 mandating that all new vehicles be equipped with a sensor and alert system reminding drivers to check their back seat for children. This would save lives by addressing injuries and fatalities as a result of heatstroke in vehicles – on average 39 children die each year after being left in a hot vehicle.

The Moving Forward Act (H.R. 2) passed the House of Representatives today and is awaiting action in the Senate. 

This legislation will rebuild American infrastructure—our roads, bridges, and transit systems, and provide needed investments in our schools. It will provide additional resources to address the need for comprehensive broadband access is an equity issue for so many Americans, especially as we combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Our workers will be protected by strong Buy American provisions and labor protections that will support American manufacturing with jobs that cannot be exported.

“Our energy grids are failing, our sewers are leaking, and our roads and bridges are crumbling. For too long, our nation’s infrastructure needs have been neglected. This legislation makes the investments we need to revitalize our nation’s infrastructure and reinvigorate our economy. It will create millions of good-paying jobs and put Americans back to work. This legislation also helps expand our nation’s electric vehicle infrastructure and programs to accelerate domestic manufacturing of the components needed, such as batteries. Not only is this a bipartisan issue, it is more important now than ever as we continue to combat the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Congressman Tim Ryan. “Further, I am proud that this legislation includes my HOT CARS Act. No child should endure the tragedy of dying from being trapped in a hot vehicle. Unfortunately, even loving and attentive parents can get distracted. Studies have shown that this can happen to anyone, anywhere. This legislation will move us one step closer to getting this inexpensive technology in every car on the road to help save the lives of children nationwide.”

The Moving Forward Act includes: 

  • The INVEST in America Act, a nearly $500 billion investment to rebuild and reimagine the nation’s transportation infrastructure by fixing our crumbling roads and bridges, improving safety, reducing gridlock, and putting the U.S. on a path toward zero emissions from the transportation sector by cutting carbon pollution, investing in public transit and the national rail network, building out fueling infrastructure for low- and zero-emission vehicles, and deploying technology and innovative materials. 
  • Includes the HOT CARS Act (H.R. 3593) to address injuries and fatalities around the country as a result of heatstroke in vehicles, which takes the lives of 39 children every year on average – in 2018 and 2019 that number was over 50. The legislation would mandate that all new vehicles be equipped with a sensor and alert system to remind drivers to check their back seat. The legislation is supported by safety groups including and Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.
  • Invests in schools with the Reopen and Rebuild America’s Schools Act, which funds $130 billion in school infrastructure targeted at high-poverty schools with facilities that endanger the health and safety of students and educators. This investment will help students get back to school and create more than 2 million jobs to help workers get back to work.  
  • Addresses structural challenges and upgrades child-care facilities by leveraging a 5-year, $10 billion federal investment to generate additional state and private investments in making sure that child care settings are safe, appropriate, and able to comply with current and future public health directives. 
  • Invests over $100 billion into our nation's affordable housing infrastructure to create or preserve 1.8 million affordable homes. These investments will help reduce housing inequality, create jobs and stimulate the broader economy, increase community and household resiliency in the face of natural disasters, improve hazardous living conditions, and increase the environmental sustainability of our housing stock.
  • Protects access to safe drinking water by investing over $25 billion in the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and other programs to ensure all communities have clean drinking water and to help remove dangerous contaminants like PFAS from local water systems. 
  • Modernizes our energy infrastructure for a clean energy future by investing more than $70 billion to transform our electric grid to accommodate more renewable energy, expand renewable energy, strengthen existing infrastructure, help develop an electric vehicle charging network, and support energy efficiency, weatherization, and Smart Communities infrastructure.
  • Delivers affordable high-speed broadband Internet access to all parts of the country by investing $100 billion to promote competition for broadband internet infrastructure in unserved and underserved communities, prioritizing those with persistent poverty. Gets children connected to remote learning, closes broadband adoption and digital skills gaps and enhances payment support for low-income households and the recently unemployed.
  • Modernizes the nation’s health care infrastructure by investing $30 billion to upgrade hospitals to increase capacity and strengthen care, help community health centers respond to COVID-19 and future public health emergencies, improve clinical laboratory infrastructure, support the Indian Health Service‘s infrastructure, and increase capacity for community-based care.   
  • Modernizes and strengthens the United States Postal Service by investing $25 billion to modernize postal infrastructure and operations, including a zero emissions postal vehicle fleet, processing equipment and other goods. 
  • Promotes new renewable energy infrastructure by incentivizing the development of wind and solar on public lands and building a workforce for offshore wind. 
  • Promotes investments in our communities by spurring private investment through the tax code, through a revitalized Build America Bonds program, expansions of Private Activity Bonds, and significant enhancements to the New Markets Tax Credit and the Rehabilitation Tax Credit.
  • Domestic Manufacturing Conversion Grant Program: Modifies the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to   include plug-in electric vehicles and directs the Secretary of Energy to accelerate domestic manufacturing of batteries, power electronics, and other technologies for use in plug-in vehicles. 
  • Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Incentive Program: Modifies and broadens the definitions of “Advanced Technology Vehicle” and qualifying components; increases the Federal cost-share of facility funding awards; adds projects to manufacture zero-emission medium-duty passenger vehicles or heavy-duty vehicles and ultra efficient components to the list of prioritized projects; strengthens labor standards for funded projects; and reauthorizes the program through fiscal year 2025.
  • Encourages deployment of electric vehicle charging stations, supports expansion of a nationwide electric vehicle charging network, and Expands access to electric vehicles and encourages deployment of electric vehicle infrastructure in underserved and disadvantaged communities

A fact sheet on the Moving Forward Act is available here.