|WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn delivered the following remarks today on the House Floor in support of H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act.
As Prepared for Delivery
“Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise in strong support of H.R. 2, the ‘Moving Forward Act.’
“My overarching mission in Congress is to make America’s greatness accessible and affordable for all Americans and the primary means by which we connect all Americans to our country’s greatness is our infrastructure. The Moving Forward Act will do just that.
“For far too long, many American communities have been left behind. As we invest in infrastructure, we must restructure our priorities to fulfill our nation’s vision of liberty and justice for all.
“My 10-20-30 initiative targets investment in persistent poverty areas. I am pleased that this legislation includes several provisions to accomplish this goal, including prioritizing areas of persistent poverty in awarding funds for transportation projects of national and regional significance.
“These funds will help connect persistent poverty areas to economic opportunity, and I thank Chairman DeFazio for including these important provisions.
“Federally qualified community health centers are essential for the success of rural and high poverty communities, and I am pleased that H.R. 2 includes $10 billion for community health centers’ capital project grants.
“H.R. 2 includes significant investments to make long overdue repairs and upgrades to public housing. I commend Chairwoman Maxine Waters for her determined advocacy for these measures.
“The bill also recognizes the essential link between housing and transportation: if you can’t afford to live anywhere near economic opportunity, the best highways and transit systems in the world won’t meet your needs.
“Recognizing this reality, this bill includes language from a bill that I introduced with Senator Booker, the HOME Act, directing state and local transportation planners to consider projects and strategies that will support inclusive zoning and land use planning practices that incent accessible and affordable housing opportunities.
“H.R. 2 includes $100 billion for the Accessible, Affordable Broadband Act, legislation I introduced last week with the Rural Broadband Task Force and Members of the Energy and Commerce Committee led by Chairman Pallone.
“The Moving America Forward Act won’t simply connect Americans to opportunities through the infrastructure it builds; it will connect Americans to opportunities through the jobs created to build it.
“I also strongly support the bill’s extension of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program at the Department of Transportation.
“Our country is facing difficult circumstances. The burden is falling disproportionately on those for whom America’s greatness has not always been accessible and affordable even in better times.
“The Moving America Forward Act will implement much needed restructuring to reimagine, reaffirm and rebuild our country in a manner that moves us closer to our nation’s vision of ‘liberty and justice for all.’ I urge its passage.”