House Passes Landmark Transportation and Infrastructure Package that Delivers Over $1.3 Billion to NH

July 1, 2020
Press Release
This package incorporates key New Hampshire priorities championed by Pappas, including funding for connected pedestrian trails, laying the groundwork for Manchester to Boston commuter rail, and cleaning up PFAS in our waterways

Washington, D.C.- Today the House passed a comprehensive, 5 year transportation and infrastructure package that Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01) helped to develop as a member of the T&I Committee. 

H.R. 2, The Moving Forward Act, delivers on Pappas’s pledge to fight for the federal support needed to address New Hampshire’s urgent infrastructure needs. This 5 year bill will deliver more than $1.3 billion for New Hampshire’s transportation infrastructure, a more than a 30% increase in federal funding. This package also authorizes additional funding to expand rural broadband, invest in affordable housing, and modernize our health care infrastructure.

“The passage of a federal infrastructure package remains a critical step in getting America up and running again,” said Congressman Pappas. “The Moving Forward Act is a transformational bill that will invest $1.3 billion over the next 5 years to meet our state’s urgent transportation needs and help expedite critical projects.”

“I am pleased the bill reflects my priorities to create a dedicated program for bike and pedestrian infrastructure, increase funding for programs that can facilitate passenger rail expansion, and support federal funding to mitigate PFAS contamination,” Pappas continued. “It is now time for the Senate to come to the table and advance an infrastructure bill that will help grow our economy, put Americans back to work, and rebuild our infrastructure for the future.”

Pappas’s priorities included in this legislation based on his conversations with Granite Staters:

  • Expands our active transportation networks through the inclusion of legislation Pappas introduced to create a federal grant program that will build bike and pedestrian trails and related infrastructure. 
  • Cleans up our water through the inclusion of $1 billion in funding to implement Pappas’s Clean Water Standards for PFAS Act 
  • Make investments in Amtrak,  passenger, and freight rail to create a robust, reliable rail system and to address long-neglected maintenance needs in the Northeast Corridor. 
  • Re-evaluates federal funding structures to ensure small states such as New Hampshire receive the support they need.                                                                             
  • Grandfathers New Hampshire's method of numbering highway exits, saving the state from doing costly and unnecessary updates to our signage mandated by the federal government. 
  • Builds more resilient infrastructure that will withstand the impacts of climate change and extreme weather.
  • Expands affordable high-speed Internet to underserved communities with a $100 billion investment that promotes competition and works to close the digital divide.

Yesterday, Pappas took to the House floor calling for the passage of this legislation