Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement following the House passage of H.R.2, the Moving Forward Act. The legislation included two amendments offered by Hastings that will benefit South Florida’s infrastructure by improving rural roads used in our farm food supply chain and investing in broadband connectivity in federally assisted housing.
“Our country needs a dramatic investment in infrastructure, from investments in the roads and bridges we drive on to funding for the schools our children learn in. Today, the House of Representatives answered that call with a $1.5 trillion investment to transform American competitiveness into the future, authorizing investments in surface transportation, clean energy, and affordable housing. I proudly supported the Moving Forward Act, which will create millions of jobs while addressing some of the most pressing disparities between communities across our country.
“I was pleased to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to secure passage of several provisions within H.R.2, including modified text of my legislation, H.R.7250, the Farm-to-Market Road Repair Act of 2020. This bill expands the Surface Transportation Program (STP) to include rural roads used for transporting agriculture products from farms or ranches to the marketplace and will ensure that rural roads used to transport agricultural products in areas like the Glades have access to STP funding. I also secured passage of an amendment to support expanding broadband connectivity in Federally assisted housing, which requires the Comptroller General of the United States to assess the state of high-speed internet capacity in Federally assisted housing buildings and units and the development of a master plan for making necessary retrofits to support broadband deployment in these units, nationwide. I thank my colleagues who joined me in championing these efforts, and urge the Senate to take up this legislation without delay.”
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Vice-Chairman of the House Rules Committee, Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.