In response to the Senate’s bipartisan infrastructure agreement, which will proceed to debate after today’s cloture vote, American Lung Association National President and CEO Harold P. Wimmer issued the following statement:
“The Senate vote to begin consideration of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework is a step toward addressing the serious infrastructure problems our country faces. However, the American Lung Association is disappointed by the level of funding proposed for zero-emission electric school buses. It is also discouraging to see that the proposal includes funding to perpetuate the use of combustion fuels for new school buses.
“The funding included in the bill — just $2.5 billion of the $20 billion investment the President proposed — would only be able to transition a small fraction of the country’s diesel school bus fleet to zero-emission electric buses. In order to create healthier and safer environments for all our students, Congress needs to significantly increase this investment. A $20 billion investment will transition one-fifth of the country’s school bus fleet to zero-emission buses, providing critical health and climate benefits.
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