Hastings Introduces the Build America Act
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement after introducing the Build America Act, legislation that will strengthen and expand two existing infrastructure grant programs to invest approximately $10 billion in infrastructure improvements annually. Joining Hastings as original cosponsors of the legislation were Representatives Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), and Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr. (D-GA). (Please find attached a copy of the legislation):
“I am pleased to mark the beginning of the 116th Congress by reintroducing the Build America Act. This bill will significantly expand funding for two merit-based infrastructure grant programs, paving the way for billions of dollars of investments nationwide every year. These programs have been utilized by communities across the country for years, allowing them to more easily address their most pressing infrastructure needs. My bill gives these programs the resources they need to ensure every state can get the assistance they need to invest in roads, bridges, tunnels, ports, and public transportation. Each program requires matching funds from those seeking assistance, making them smart and effective avenues for leveraging federal funding to make a real impact across the country. I look forward to working with my colleagues to safeguard these avenues for funding so that we can start making the investments in infrastructure our country so desperately needs.”
BACKGROUND: The Build America Act removes the Capital Investment Grant Program (CIG), also known as New Starts/Small Starts, and the BUILD Grant Program, formerly known as the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery Grant Program, or TIGER Grants, from the annual appropriations process. The bill reestablishes them as mandatory programs with permanently expanded funding.