From the Office of U.S. Rep Ben Luján:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) applauded the passage Wednesday of the Moving Forward Act, which includes key provisions secured by the congressman to bolster broadband access, create economic opportunities, and safeguard the health and well being of New Mexicans.
“COVID-19 continues to pose a threat to our economy as well as our health. Now is not the moment to take our foot off the gas when it comes to supporting struggling workers and families,” Luján said. “The Moving Forward Act makes strong investments to modernize America’s infrastructure that will create jobs and allow New Mexico’s communities to recover. As a member of House leadership, I’ll continue doing everything I can to help Americans weather this public health and economic crisis.”
U.S. Rep. Luján secured the following provisions in the Moving Forward Act:
- The Broadband Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act to spur deployment of high-speed internet across the country through low-cost financing for communities;
- Legislation to connect school buses to Wi-Fi to address the homework gap that rural and Tribal students face;
- The Digital Equity Act to provide over $1 billion to establish an annual grant program for states to promote digital equity;
- $2 billion to protect the environment and create good-paying jobs through cleaning up orphaned oil and gas wells;
- A provision that makes acequia and land grant communities explicitly eligible for Wildlife Movement Grants;
- Provisions to create a pilot program at national laboratories to provide technical assistance to support the development of smart communities and to establish a $100 million smart cities and communities demonstration program at the Department of Commerce.
- An amendment to invest $6 billion to modernize the infrastructure of our national laboratories and create good-paying jobs.
Rep. Luján’s priorities in the Moving Forward Act include:
- $500 billion to rebuild the nation’s transportation infrastructure, putting America on a path toward zero emissions from the transportation sector while improving safety for drivers and passengers;
- $100 billion for affordable housing to create new jobs and provide stability for Americans facing housing insecurity;
- $100 billion to bolster broadband access across the country;
- $70 billion to promote clean energy and modernize America’s clean energy infrastructure;
- $5 billion for the construction, modernization, and renovation of hospitals and outpatient health care facilities within the Indian Health Service (IHS).
A fact sheet on the Moving Forward Act is available here.