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Congresswoman introduces Clean School Bus Act

A bill introduced by 5th District Congresswoman Jahana Hayes is part of a  comprehensive Congressional climate action framework.  The U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis included the bill which seeks to invest in green school buses.  The Clean School Bus Act is aimed at building a cleaner and more resilient transportation sector by reducing pollution from heavy duty trucks and buses.  Hayes says COVID-19, which directly threatens respiratory health, has made it clear that air pollution caused by the nation's school bus fleet must be addressed.  She added that people breathing in the fumes from diesel school buses compromises lung health, even absent a pandemic.  The proposed bill would provide $1 billion to help school districts across the country replace traditional school buses with electric ones. By reducing students’ exposure to diesel exhaust, Hayes says the bill would significantly cut down on asthma-related health incidents, increase attendance, and provide long-term savings to school districts.