Levin Legislation on Coronavirus Testing and EV Charging Infrastructure Pass House

July 1, 2020
Press Release

Two amendments authored by Congressman Andy Levin to the major House infrastructure bill, H.R. 2, The Moving Forward Act, passed the House today. Rep. Levin’s amendments would reduce coronavirus test result wait times and expand electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

“I wanted to ensure that the important investments this bill makes in our health care and clean energy infrastructure are as effective as possible in the real world,” Rep. Levin said. “First, we must address the fact that it can take several business days to find out if you’ve tested positive for COVID-19. During that time, folks are told to take precautions as though they’re positive. If we don’t bring down wait times, we’re asking Americans to do things that, for them, might be virtually impossible. We must ease the burden of this pandemic on working families.”

This amendment modifies H.R. 2’s pilot program to improve lab infrastructure, ensuring grants can help labs reduce wait times for COVID-19 test results.

“Second, we must lay the groundwork to deploy zero-emission EV charging infrastructure nationwide rapidly so Americans can drive throughout the entire National Highway System without running out of power,” Rep. Levin continued. “We must transform our transportation sector to save life on Earth as we know it.”

This amendment alters the charging and fueling infrastructure grant program in this bill, enhancing environmental justice protections, strengthening plans for renewable or zero-emissions energy sources to power EV chargers, and directing DOT to study financing options for a national network of EV chargers and determine the right distance between those chargers.

H.R. 2 is a more than $1.5 trillion plan to rebuild American infrastructure. By investing in families, workers, and communities across the country, H.R. 2 supports American manufacturing and ingenuity and creates millions of jobs that cannot be exported, all while modernizing our health care infrastructure to respond to public health emergencies, putting our country on a path toward zero carbon emissions, and making communities and roads safer.