In response to the House passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the American Lung Association President and CEO Harold Wimmer issued the following statement:
“The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that the House passed today includes $2.5 billion in investments to help school districts across the country purchase electric school buses. Millions of kids ride the bus to school each day, putting their health at risk from breathing in dirty diesel pollution. The investments in this bill are a first step towards transitioning the nation’s school bus fleet to electric buses. Ultimately, $20 billion is needed, and we’re glad Congress is putting a down-payment on that goal.
“For Congress to truly invest in a healthier future, it must also act urgently to pass the Build Back Better Act. The American Lung Association urges the House to act without delay on the Build Back Better Act and send the bill to the Senate, and the Senate to pass it into law.”
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, which has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.