Rep. Susie Lee Highlights Local Infrastructure Priorities in Moving Forward Act

July 1, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Susie Lee (Nev.-03) release the following statement on her local infrastructure priorities in the Moving Forward Act, which the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on today:  

“For decades, Americans across the political spectrum have agreed that we need to invest in our nation’s crumbling infrastructure. This bill is the first step to accomplish that. My priorities in the Moving Forward Act are necessary to improve basic services that all Nevadans deserve, especially our students and teachers. Working in education for two decades in southern Nevada, I’ve seen firsthand the impact that overcrowding has had on student outcomes. This bill would finally study just how impactful the lack of adequate infrastructure is on our students and teachers. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to pass a much-needed investment in our infrastructure.”

Congresswoman Lee’s Priorities in the Moving Forward Act 

Education and School Safety: 

  • The package includes a bill Rep. Lee helped introduce, the Rebuild America’s Schools Act, which would invest $130 billion in high-poverty schools with high health and safety risks. Included in this bill is Rep. Lee’s amendment to address classroom overcrowding, a serious issue in Nevada, which ranks first in the nation in classroom size.
  • The package would allocate emergency aid for the safe reopening of public schools in line with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) public health guidelines, including aid for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. 
  • The package would expand access to high-speed broadband to ensure that public schools have the reliable and high-speed internet access they need for digital learning. 
  • The package would develop a comprehensive national database on the condition of public school facilities; such a national database currently does not exist and would provide much-needed insight into the condition of our public schools. 

Child Care: The package would provide funding for upgrades to child care facilities by leveraging a 5-year, $10 billion federal investment. 

Affordable Housing: The package would invest over $100 billion to create or preserve 1.8 million affordable homes.

Transportation: The package includes a $500 billion investment in prioritizing building roads and improving structurally deficient bridges.  

Broadband Internet Access: The package would invest $100 billion to promote competition for broadband internet infrastructure in unserved and underserved communities. 

Solar Energy Infrastructure: The package would extend the 30 percent Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for solar projects until 2025.  

Safe Drinking Water: The package would invest over $24 billion in the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.