Vote on Infrastructure Bill Stalls in the House

Speaker Pelosi will try again today to pass the roughly $1 trillion legislation.

October 01, 2021

Capitol Building

WASHINGTON—Late last night, the House of Representatives postponed a long-awaited vote on the Senate bipartisan infrastructure bill pegged at roughly $1 trillion.

The House is expected to reconvene today and continue discussions to reach an agreement to move the bill to the floor for a vote. Progressives in the Democrat caucus are insisting that the reconciliation package be voted on before the infrastructure bill. Lack of movement on passing the bill is especially problematic as some surface transportation programs expired at midnight and were not extended.

NACS supports the Senate bipartisan infrastructure bill and sent a joint industry letter encouraging members of Congress to support the legislation.

“The bill sends a clear policy signal that the federal government wants to work with private industry to achieve its shared goal of improving the environmental characteristics of the transportation sector,” the letter states. “Importantly, the bill does not create grants with large risks of federal funds being used to double-dip and exacerbate the problem of electricity customers paying for infrastructure, which would make it impossible for private businesses putting capital at risk to compete.”

Congress last night approved a continuing resolution to fund the U.S. government through December 3. President Biden signed the stopgap measure before the midnight deadline which would have spurred a government shutdown.