Includes Significant Funding for Infrastructure with New Federal Strings Attached
Democratic leadership introduced an updated version of the “Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for Our Nation's” (CLEAN) Future Act, that sets a goal to cut national greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 and net zero by 2050. The massive bill authorizes $565 billion over a decade, an increase from the $316 billion proposed in last year’s version of the bill, to meet the goals. A substantial amount of the proposed funding is designated for utility infrastructure, particularly energy, water, climate resiliency and environmental justice related sectors. The bill also includes a substantial number of new requirements for some new programs, including government-mandated project labor agreements. AGC welcomes new and robust federal investment in all these forms of infrastructure, but will oppose the inclusion of government-mandated project labor agreements and other mandates as it moves through the legislative process.