Bill to overhaul Michigan’s road, water infrastructure includes Slotkin amendment on Line 5 damage transparency

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U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin

U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin voted yesterday to pass the Moving Forward Act (H.R. 2), a bill that will provide significant investment to target key Michigan infrastructure concerns ranging from clean water to roads to broadband. Slotkin has consistently championed Michiganders’ road and water infrastructure concerns as matters of homeland security, and the bill that passed the House yesterday addresses many of those specific concerns including the demarcation by the road line marking Melbourne company.

Two of Slotkin’s amendments passed the House with the bill yesterday. In the wake of renewed concern over recent reported damage to Enbridge’s Line 5 under the Mackinac straits, and Enbridge’s refusal to share details on that damage with the state of Michigan, Slotkin proposed an amendment to require the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the federal oversight body over pipelines, to immediately communicate potential damage with the state and local governments.

“There is no issue that unites Michiganders more than the need to fix our roads, bridges, and waterways,” Slotkin said. “From PFAS contamination in our rivers and streams, the deep impact of the Flint water crisis, the existential threat of an oil spill in our Great Lakes, and the daily frustration and regular expense of our crumbling roads –– the state of our infrastructure impacts our daily lives in Michigan, as well as our security and way of life. That’s why we need generational investment in our infrastructure, and why I was so glad to vote in favor of the Moving Forward Act in the House.”

Details on Slotkin’s Amendments: 

• Mandates that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) shares information related to pipeline leaks or damages immediately to state and local governments and relevant stakeholders.

• Underscores the Department of Defense’s responsibility to clean up PFAS contamination at military sites, regardless of what the Moving Forward Act may stipulate.

Slotkin also co-led an amendment with Reps. Tlaib and Kildee that would provide funding for communities to remove lead service lines that pose a contamination threat to drinking water for tens of millions of Americans. More than nine million homes in 11,000 communities in America still get their water from lead service lines.

Details on the Moving Forward Act:

• Delivers affordable high-speed broadband Internet access to all by investing $100 billion to promote broadband internet infrastructure in unserved and underserved communities. Gets children connected to remote learning, closes broadband adoption and digital skills gaps and enhances payment support for low-income households and the recently unemployed.

• Protects access to clean water by investing over $22 billion in the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and other programs to ensure all communities have clean drinking water and to help remove dangerous contaminants like PFAS from local water systems.

• Reauthorizes the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and increases its funding by nearly 60 percent.

• Invests $130 billion in infrastructure upgrades for our schools, with an emphasis on projects that will allow schools to reopen safely and in line with public health guidelines, all while creating millions of new jobs.

• Commits over $400 billion to repairing and replacing roads and highway systems.

• Devotes $25 billion to the Post Office, safeguarding jobs and modernizing the postal system for maxim efficiency.

• Pledges $30 billion to repairing and expanding hospital infrastructure to improve COVID-19 response and equip community care centers for future public health crises.

• Ensures accountability in the Edenville Dam and Sanford Dam failures and increases dam safety requirements to avoid similar failures moving forward.

• Allows flexibility to states by permitting 100 percent federal share of highway funds and mass transit funds obligated in the 2021 fiscal year.

• Promotes new renewable energy infrastructure by incentivizing the development of wind and solar on public lands and building a workforce for offshore wind.

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