House passes infrastructure bill with $30 billion for hospitals

House Democrats passed a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan on July 1 that would provide funds to upgrade hospitals, according to The hill.

The House passed the invoice, known as the Moving Forward Act, in a vote of 233 to 188, almost entirely in favor of the parties. The bill includes funds for roads, bridges and public transit systems, clean energy projects, low-income schools, social housing and hospitals.

The bill would modernize “the nation’s health care infrastructure by investing $30 billion to modernize hospitals to increase capacity and strengthen care, help community health centers respond to COVID-19 and to future public health emergencies, improve clinical laboratory infrastructure, support Indian Health Service infrastructure, and increase community care capacity,” says a fact sheet for the bill.

The green measures included in the bill, which would require states to set targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, have generated the most debate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., hasn’t expressed interest in bringing the bill to the Senate, and President Donald Trump said the bill is “full of initiatives useless of “Green New Deal”, according to The hill.

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