Text: S.4 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in Senate (01/22/2013)

1st Session
S. 4

To create jobs and strengthen our economy by rebuilding our Nation’s infrastructure.


January 22 (legislative day, January 3), 2013

Mr. Reid (for himself, Mrs. Boxer, Mr. Durbin, Mr. Schumer, Mr. Wyden, Mr. Levin, Mr. Brown, Mr. Schatz, Mr. Harkin, Mrs. Gillibrand, Mr. Lautenberg, Ms. Klobuchar, and Mr. Coons) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation


To create jobs and strengthen our economy by rebuilding our Nation’s infrastructure.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Rebuild America Act”.

SEC. 2. Sense of the senate.

It is the sense of the Senate that Congress should—

(1) create jobs and support businesses while improving our Nation’s global competitiveness by modernizing and strengthening our national infrastructure;

(2) invest resources in transportation corridors of national and regional significance that promote commerce and reduce congestion;

(3) update and enhance our national network of rail, dams, and ports of the United States;

(4) develop innovative financing mechanisms for infrastructure, such as an infrastructure bank, to leverage Federal funds with private sector partners;

(5) invest in critical infrastructure, such as a smarter national energy grid, to reduce energy waste and bolster investment in clean energy jobs and industries;

(6) invest in clean energy technologies that help free the United States from its dependence on oil, especially foreign oil;

(7) eliminate wasteful tax subsidies that promote pollution and fail to reduce our reliance on foreign oil;

(8) spur innovation by facilitating the development of new cutting-edge broadband internet technology and improving internet access for all Americans;

(9) modernize, renovate, and repair elementary and secondary school buildings in public school districts and community colleges across the United States in order to support improved educational outcomes in those schools;

(10) invest in the Nation’s crumbling water infrastructure to protect public health and reduce pollution;

(11) upgrade and repair the Nation’s system of flood protection infrastructure, such as levees, to protect public safety; and

(12) invest in the infrastructure of the United States to address vulnerabilities to natural disasters and the impacts of extreme weather.