House Democrats released the legislative text of the Moving Forward Act (H.R. 2) – a more than $1.5 trillion infrastructure package that includes measures to modernize the nation’s health care infrastructure and expand broadband access, among other proposals (press release; fact sheet; section-by-section).
The House is expected to vote on H.R. 2 before the 4th of July recess. In a Dear Colleague letter, House Rules Committee Chair Jim McGovern (D-MA) noted that the Rules Committee will likely meet next week to “grant a rule that may provide a structured amendment process for floor consideration of H.R. 2.” The amendment deadline for Members is 10:00am on Thursday, June 25.
H.R. 2 is likely to pass in the Democrat-controlled House, but its viability in the Senate remains unclear. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has rejected efforts to include infrastructure funding in a coronavirus relief package. The Trump administration, however, is reportedly crafting its own $1 trillion infrastructure proposal.