Schakowsky Highlights Direct Contributions to Infrastructure Bill

November 7, 2021
Press Release

EVANSTON - Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, highlighted the components of the Bipartisan Infrastructure bill she authored. The House passed the INVEST In America Act on Friday by a vote of 228-206, and it will now go the President’s desk to be signed into law.

“The bipartisan infrastructure bill will make a historic investment in our nation’s physical infrastructure while also creating hundreds of thousands of good jobs in the construction sector, improving the environment, creating healthier communities, and reducing congestion and gridlock,” said Congresswoman Schakowsky. “Our country should have world-class infrastructure that connects our neighborhoods, businesses, and families for our common benefit and prosperity. However, for too long our infrastructure, roads, bridges, transit and water systems have been neglected and, in many places, have fallen into disrepair, creating dangerous conditions and contributing to accidents and lost time and productivity for millions of Americans. The Chicagoland area and all of Illinois will see the benefits of this package.”

She continued, “I was proud to be able to work with advocates to include several provisions on vehicle safety in this final bill, including drunk driving prevention technology, collision warnings, automatic emergency braking and lane departure warnings. The bill will also require automakers to improve seatback safety to prevent injuring children and update car hood and vehicle bumper standards to protect pedestrians and cyclists in case of an accident. These improvements will prevent thousands of vehicle accidents and save many lives.”