July 2019, Vol. 246, No. 7

Government

First Infrastructure Bill Emerges in Congress

By Stephen Barlas, Contributing Editor WASHINGTON — House Democrats have introduced the first infrastructure package in Congress, and it would make significant new investments in broadband deployment and drinking water systems, among other areas. All 31 Democrats on the House Energy & Commerce Committee sponsored the LIFT America Act (H.R. 2741) which had a hearing in front of that committee on May 22.  The bill, with a $40 billion price tag, only touches on programs in that committee’s jurisdiction. It does not address funding for roads and bridges, for example, nor does it provide a funding source.  There is one interesting, unexplained gas pipeline provision in the bill. It would a

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