WASHINGTON, June 10, 2021—Heather Reams, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) executive director, provided the following statement after the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved the $547 billion INVEST in America Act package:
“It is disappointing that Democrats failed to build a surface transportation bill that would have attracted consensus and a broad-base of support. This is a departure from past bipartisan efforts driven by Transportation and Infrastructure Committee leadership. There are plenty of permitting improvements, like the One Federal Decision, which have wide-ranging support from the business, labor, and transportation sectors—and passed unanimously as part of the bipartisan Senate surface transportation bill—that could have been included. Unfortunately, Democrats, led by Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR), chose partisanship and more Washington games over commonsense policies. The Energy Act of 2020 should serve as a blueprint of how Democrats and Republicans can work together to pass meaningful legislation that all Americans want. CRES remains hopeful that Democrats will come back to the table and work with Republicans to include bipartisan transportation and energy infrastructure priorities in the final legislation.”
Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) engages Republican policymakers and the public about responsible, conservative solutions to address our nation’s energy, economic, and environmental security while increasing America’s competitive edge. For more information, visit www.citizensfor.com.