Today, Rep. TJ Cox (CA-21) voted to pass H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, which will make huge investments in American infrastructure and create millions of jobs. The $1.5 trillion proposal will rebuild American communities with infrastructure that is smarter, safer, and built to last.  

The Moving Forward Act authorizes two pieces of legislation introduced by Rep. Cox that would ensure federal funding gets back to the Central Valley to repair and improve water infrastructure.  

·       H.R. 5347, the Disadvantaged Community Drinking Water Assistance Act, which would provide $100 million in funds for technical support and clean drinking water projects in small, low-income towns in the Western United States that are currently suffering from tainted drinking water. 

·       H.R. 5316, the Move Water Now Act, which would provide $200 million in investments to repair the Friant-Kern Canal and $200 million for related river restoration infrastructure.

“I was proud to join my colleagues today to pass the Moving Forward Act, the largest infrastructure package in a generation. I am especially proud that the package included two water priorities for the Central Valley that will help hardworking families get access to cleaner drinking water, and fix the Friant-Kern Canal. This legislation is important for the entire nation to fix crumbling infrastructure and help rebuild communities from coast to coast,” said Rep. Cox. “I call on my colleagues in the Senate to work with us to pass this key piece of legislation without delay so we can get to work rebuilding this country.” 

The Moving Forward Act also includes investments in projects to:

·       Rebuild and re-imagine the nation’s transportation infrastructure, 

·       Fund a $250 million Rebuild Rural Program focused on rural highways, 

·       Fund $130 billion in school infrastructure targeted at high-poverty schools with facilities that endanger the health and safety of students and educators, 

·       Address structural challenges and upgrade childcare facilities, 

·       Reduce housing inequality, 

·       Modernize our energy infrastructure for a clean energy future, 

·       Invest $100 billion to deliver affordable high-speed broadband Internet access to all parts of the country, 

·       Modernize the nation’s health care infrastructure, 

·       Modernize and strengthen the United States Postal Service, and 

·       Promote investments and job creation in communities across the United States.