Congress Must Pass Comprehensive Infrastructure Package

On October 1st, Speaker Nancy Pelosi delayed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) vote until October 31st. Since the House failed to act before the surface transportation authorization funding ran out on Thursday, September 30th, the House also passed a 30-day extension of surface transportation funding.


ASCE is disappointed in the House’s delay on a vote to pass the bipartisan IIJA and urges the House to pass this bipartisan, commonsense legislation as soon as possible to create jobs, make goods and services move more quickly and reliably, and make American communities more climate resilient. 

Contact your Representative to vote YEA on the IIJA and that we cannot lose this historic investment in our nation's infrastructure system. 

What’s in the agreement?

  • The IIJA is a historic infrastructure bill that totals $1.2 trillion and represents $550 billion in new infrastructure spending over five years.
  • The full details of the legislation can be found here in ASCE’s issue memo.
  • The following chart breaks down the new funding with its corresponding ASCE Infrastructure Report Card categories.
     

New Proposed Infrastructure Funding

ASCE Report Card Category

$110 Billion for Roads, Bridges, Major Projects

Bridges, Roads

$11 Billion for Pipeline Modernization, Trucking Safety, and Traffic Safety

Energy, Roads

$39 Billion for Public Transit Repair

Transit

$66 Billion for Passenger and Freight Rail Repair and Expansion

Rail, Transit

$7.5 Billion for Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

Roads, Energy

$7.5 Billion for Low Carbon and Electric Buses and Ferries

Transit, Ports


$17 Billion for Port Infrastructure 
 
Ports, Inland Waterways

$25 Billion for Airport Maintenance and Resilience

Aviation

$50 Billion for Cyber Resiliency, Wildfire Management, Flood Mitigation, Coastal Resiliency, Weatherization, and Ecosystem Restoration

Broadband, Dams, Levees, Stormwater

$55 Billion for Water Infrastructure

Drinking Water, Stormwater, Wastewater

$65 Billion to Bridge the Digital Divide

Broadband

$21 Billion in Environmental Remediation

Hazardous Waste

$73 Billion for Nation’s Power Infrastructure

Energy

 

Now is the time to tell your Representative that we cannot lose this opportunity for passing an infrastructure bill and to vote ‘Yea’ on IIJA.

  • Be sure to customize your message.
    • Use these state fact sheets to illustrate what benefits your state can expect to receive from the passage of the IIJA.
    • ASCE also recommends that you review your Representatives’ past positions and comments on infrastructure to tailor your response appropriately.
      • For example, if your Representative is a Progressive Democrat, make sure your message highlights the bill’s focus on addressing resilience as the nation combats the impacts of climate change.
      • If your Representative is a Moderate Republican, be certain to spotlight the bill’s focus on core infrastructure and the economic impacts, such as highlighting the ASCE Failure to Act study. 
  • If you have not already done so, please also take a moment to thank your senators  for voting ‘Yea’ for the IIJA. It is important for your senators to hear from their constituents in support of the action they took on the IIJA. If your senator(s) voted in favor, our system will automatically pull up a thank you email for you to customize.

Specific Talking Points to Incorporate Based on Your Member of Congress

  • Democrats: The bipartisan Infrastructure Innovation and Jobs Act is exactly the type of bold, economy-growing action needed to address climate change.
  • Democrats: The IIJA invests $35 billion in new funding for core climate and energy technology programs, as well as over $50 billion of new funding for programs dedicated to resilience. 
  • Republicans: ASCE is pleased that the legislation includes “One Federal Decision” provisions that were developed by the Trump Administration, which would require a single environmental document and coordinated schedule for multi-agency reviews.
  • Republicans: ASCE's 2021 Report Card for America's Infrastructure assigned the nation's systems a cumulative grade of "C-", unacceptable for a 21st century economy. We need to prioritize our nation's infrastructure and close its estimated 10-year $2.59 trillion investment gap if we wish to remain competitive in the global marketplace and keep Americans safe. 

 

 


Congress must pass comprehensive infrastructure legislation. We demand bold federal leadership and action, robust investment, and a focus on resilience to raise the national infrastructure grade from a C-, so that every American family, community, and business can thrive. Take a few minutes to customize our template letter and let your Member of Congress know that the time to act is now.

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