In advance of the 117th Congress convening in January, ACPA has signed on in support of a broad coalition initiative intended to persuade the new Congress to enact a fiscally and environmentally responsible infrastructure package that stimulates the economy.

The coalition of transportation and infrastructure stakeholders, led by the Bipartisan Policy Center and the U.S. Chamber of Congress, note that “It seems each Congress and every new Administration includes infrastructure as a top priority. Despite broad support from diverse coalitions, however, too often they fail to act.”

The initiative is focused on advancement of a massive investment program in transportation, energy, water and communications technologies.

“Doing so will repair our crumbling roads, bridges, and transit and the current gridlock in our major economic hubs that harm our productivity, global competitiveness and quality of life,” according to the coalition, which adds, “ It will propel public and private efforts to decarbonize our economy in a meaningful way, address infrastructure challenges with both manmade and natural solutions, and close the digital divide by expanding broadband and internet access. This effort also provides an opportunity to ensure the benefits and jobs from infrastructure investments are shared with communities that have borne disproportionate burdens.

Although the signatories will not agree on every issue, “we are united in calling for enactment of comprehensive legislation before July 4, 2021″ that will:

  • Repair and update our crumbling infrastructure
  • Stimulate our economy and create middle-class sustaining jobs
  • Address climate change
  • Promote fiscally and environmentally responsible policies
  • Improve federal project approvals
  • Address the digital divide

The coalition statement concludes with the comment, “We need a durable commitment and clear strategy”

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