Infrastructure bill narrowly passes, unlocking $110B for roads and bridges and paving the way for under-21 driver program

November 6, 2021

A week after ramming through a stopgap measure that extended highway funding past Thanksgiving, the House of Representatives Friday night passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that provides $110 billion for roads, highways and bridges, along with money for the buildout of an electric vehicle infrastructure, water projects, the expansion of high-speed internet service, environmental cleanup and public transit. It also creates a training and apprenticeship program for under-21 commercial drivers to haul interstate.

The measure passed narrowly (228-206) with 215 Democrats voting alongside 13 Republicans in favor of a 38% increase in road and bridge funding, “and an infusion of highly-trained, younger talent into our workforce,” American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear said Friday night via emailed statement.