This week, the Infrastructure Working Group – led by AGC and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) – urged House and Senate leadership to take action on an infrastructure bill in 2018. Signed by more than 100 organizations representing construction, labor, finance, local government, and agriculture, the Working Group put forth a letter noting that infrastructure must continue to be a leading priority for Congress and that an infrastructure bill should address the following goals:
- Increasing direct federal investments, in a broad range of infrastructure sectors over 10 years to achieve a $1 trillion investment;
- Complementing and strengthening existing tools, such as municipal bonds, that successfully deliver infrastructure investments at the federal, state and local levels;
- Facilitating opportunities for private investment in U.S. infrastructure;
- Creating efficiencies such as accelerating the federal permitting process;
- Fixing chronic challenges and addresses reoccurring shortages in key federal infrastructure accounts such as the Highway Trust Fund; and
- Encouraging active participation among all levels of government and between the public and private sectors without shifting federal responsibilities because no single partner can deliver a well-functioning, national U.S. infrastructure network driven by a long-term vision and funding stability.
AGC will continue to work with the Infrastructure Working Group and other infrastructure stakeholders and coalitions to ensure that action is taken to transform the U.S. infrastructure systems beyond the status quo.
For more information, contact Sean O’Neill at [email protected] or (202) 547-8892.