WASHINGTON – A $ 547 billion transportation bill passed by the House on Thursday includes more than $ 51 million for Nevada projects, including highway funding, potential high-speed rail subsidies and Amtrak , public lighting and water improvement plans.
The bill passed 221-201, with just two Republicans joining a majority of Democrats. Eight deputies did not vote. The Nevada congressional delegation voted along party lines for the five-year transportation reauthorization, known as the INVEST in America Act.
The massive bill was drafted by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and included projects sought by lawmakers for their individual congressional districts.
It also included provisions, such as one co-sponsored by Representative Dina Titus, D-Nev., That would ban the transport of horses across states to Mexico and Canada for slaughter.
Animal rights groups, breeders and horse racing organizations backed the amendment to the bill following reports in the media that some wild horses were adopted as part of a government program. Interior Ministry ended up in slaughterhouses in neighboring countries.
Money for Nevada
Meanwhile, Democratic leaders in Congress such as President Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Have called the bill a “job creation package” that would reinvest in American infrastructure.
It has also made it possible to include in the legislation reserved projects which have passed careful scrutiny.
Titus, a senior member of the committee, secured $ 20 million for projects in southern Nevada, including $ 7 million for the Charleston Boulevard underpass project in Las Vegas, $ 5 million for improvements on the Interstate 15 near Blue Diamond Road, $ 5 million for Maryland Parkway rapid transit bus. and $ 3 million for the Rancho Drive Complete Street Improvement Project.
The legislation also includes a provision that would allow private companies in partnership with public entities to apply for and receive grants for high-speed rail or other projects. Titus said the language could give a boost to the proposed Brightline West bullet train from Las Vegas to Victorville, Calif., As well as Amtrak’s plans to restore service from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.
Titus also inserted language into the bill that would prioritize the funding of grants for highway projects such as Interstate 11 that connect metropolitan areas with populations of over 500,000 people and that cross state borders. . Project I-11 would connect Phoenix and Las Vegas, and would ultimately point north and south to Nogales on the Mexican border.
“The provisions I got in the INVEST in America Act will help build I-11, support the development of the high-speed train between Las Vegas and Southern California, and reduce traffic on the I- 15, “Titus said in a statement.
For North Las Vegas, Representative Steven Horsford, D-Nev., Secured $ 12 million to upgrade street lighting. He was also successful in securing $ 1.5 million for the Charleston Park Avenue project in Nye County.
Water projects included
In addition to the $ 547 billion in road, rail and other transportation projects, the law provides an additional $ 168 billion for drinking water and wastewater projects.
An amendment to the bill by Rep. Susie Lee, D-Nev., Would require all wastewater treatment projects funded through the state’s revolving clean water funds or through grant programs from The Clean Water Act undergo a climate assessment to ensure they can withstand severe heat and drought.
“Over 80% of the West is subject to some degree of drought and in my district Lake Mead is at the lowest level on record,” Lee said.
Meanwhile, Republican Representative Mark Amodei has put $ 18 million worth of projects into the Northern Nevada Projects bill.
These projects were $ 6 million for the Arlington Avenue Bridge and $ 5.24 million for hydrogen fuel cells for buses in Washoe County, $ 5 million for the expansion of Coleman Road in Churchill County, $ 2 million to complete work on William Street in Carson City and $ 1.76 million for the state. Central corridor of Route 28.
Amodei and Lee are members of the House Appropriations Committee, and Horsford is a member of the Tax Drafting Ways and Means Committee. These committees will draft accompanying legislation to finance the draft authorization bill.
The House and Senate will merge the legislation into a final draft authorizing the projects, and an accompanying spending bill for a five-year period that begins October 1, when the current transport authorization for the projects expires.