Pappas Calls for Passage of Infrastructure Package on House Floor

June 30, 2020
Press Release
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Package would deliver $1.3 Billion for NH

 

Click here to watch Rep. Pappas’s floor remarks in support of this legislation 

Washington, D.C.- Today, Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01) took to the House floor in support of a H.R. 2, a 5 year transportation and infrastructure package he helped craft, which will deliver more than $1.3 billion for New Hampshire’s transportation infrastructure, a more than a 30% increase in federal funding.

This also includes legislation Pappas introduced to create a federal grant program that will build bike and pedestrian infrastructure, increased funding for New Start programs, and policies that will result in more resilient infrastructure in the face of a rapidly changing environment. Furthermore, this legislation requires the Federal Highway Administration to work with the states to evaluate the current funding structures and ensure small states such as New Hampshire receive the support they need. This legislation also 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. 

As a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Pappas helped unveil this legislation earlier this month.  

Read the full remarks as prepared for delivery below: 

Mr. Speaker,

While we fight the COVID-19 pandemic, we must continue to focus on economic relief and recovery for our workers, businesses, and communities. 

A major investment in infrastructure can get America up and running again. This bill is transformational and supports not only the roads, rails, and waterways across our country, but also the schools, housing, and broadband that connect our communities. 

This package will invest $1.3 billion into my home state of New Hampshire over the next 5 years creating good, high-paying jobs, and making long overdue improvements. 

This bill reflects the priorities I've heard about across the Granite State, including the expansion of active transportation networks, increased funding for commuter rail programs, and provisions for climate resiliency that will protect our environment and ensure we are building for the future.

This legislation also requires the re-examination of formula funding to ensure small states such as New Hampshire receive a fair allocation. 

And finally, the legislation includes $1 billion to help wastewater treatment plants manage PFAS and implement requirements like those in my Clean Water Standards for PFAS Act, which has already passed the House.

This comprehensive approach to infrastructure is critical to pave the way to our nation’s recovery. 

I urge my colleagues to come together in a bipartisan fashion to support this legislation and a stronger future for America. 

Thank you, I yield back.