11-10-21 | News

$1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Bill Passed by House of Representatives

ASLA Issues Statement on Legislation

his bill is said to contain $110 billion for roads, bridges, and similar projects, $66 billion for passenger and freight rail, $65 billion for broadband, $55 billion for water systems, and $39 billion for public transit.

The House of Representatives passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that had been passed by the Senate in mid-August. Having been approved by the House, the bill was then presented to the President, who is expected to sign it. With the news of it passing, the CEO of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Torey Carter-Conneen, issued a statement in which he applauded the legislation's passing. He specifically highlighted that the bill incorporated 13 recommendations from the association's "transportation, water, and natural resources infrastructure recommendations," sent in a letter to the House, Senate, and White House.


Carter-Conneen explained the importance of this bill to Landscape Architects in saying, "The bill creates new programs that will allow landscape architects to lead projects nationwide, including the Healthy Streets Initiative, and programs to eliminate invasive plants, create habitat for pollinators on highway rights-of-way, plan and design wildlife crossings, and more."


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