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Kilmer Votes to Pass Comprehensive Infrastructure and Jobs Package

On Wednesday, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to support H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, which will invest more than $1.5 trillion to rebuild America’s infrastructure while creating millions of good-paying jobs.

“America can’t compete in a 21st century economy with 19th and 20th century infrastructure. The Moving Forward Act is an important step to begin modernizing our roads, bridges and water systems, investing in schools, and bridging the digital divide,” said Rep. Kilmer. “Importantly, an investment in infrastructure is also an investment in great jobs in our region. This bill will help create good-paying jobs, create a greener future, and take serious steps to invest in our future.”

The Moving Forward Act also included an amendment proposed by Rep. Kilmer to expand Airport Improvement Program (AIP) eligibility for critical infrastructure projects that increase the resiliency of airports against earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, tornadoes, and other natural disasters. The amendment would broaden eligibility to General Aviation airports that are designated as a federal staging area by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, like William R. Fairchild airport in Port Angeles, to enable them to continue to build resiliency and serve their communities.

“As the representative of a region that is especially vulnerable to natural disasters, I know how critical our airports are to our emergency preparedness and disaster response,” said Rep. Kilmer. “I’m proud to have been able to secure this provision to expand eligibility for Airport Improvement Program grants so that smaller airports serving the disaster preparedness needs of rural communities, like Fairchild in Port Angeles, aren’t left behind.”

The Moving Forward Act:

A fact sheet on the Moving Forward Act is available here.

A section by section overview of the Moving Forward Act is available here.

Full text of the Moving Forward Act is available here.

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