Bill HR1159 would create Congressional R&D task force for infrastructure materials, funding

A bipartisan bill introduced in committee earlier this month in both houses of Congress seeks to form a task force that would focus on funding and the construction materials used to build U.S. infrastructure.

According to a report from The Ripon Advance, H.R. 1159, introduced February 13 by Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis, has been named the IMAGINE Act, an acronym for “Innovative Materials for America’s Growth and Infrastructure Newly Expanded”. A bill by the same name has also been introduced to the senate under S. 403 by Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee.

The Advance reports that should the bill pass, the bicameral task force would be “charged with examining the approval process for infrastructure materials, promote research and development (R&D) of new materials, and increase federal investment in infrastructure projects that use such newly developed construction materials.”