SC&RA Signs Letter to Congress in Support of Infrastructure

- SC&RA has submitted its support for HR 3684, the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act (IIJA), along with several other Associations last week. The bill passed the Senate with 69 votes last month and deserves prompt consideration by the House.

Investing in infrastructure has long-been an effective tool for helping facilitate U.S. economic growth and competitiveness. Under the IIJA, states would see significant transportation investment increases aimed at improving mobility and safety, as well as investments to improve ports and waterways, expand broadband access, and enhance drinking water infrastructure.  Millions of new jobs would also be created along the way. 

By including a five-year reauthorization of federal highway, public transportation, and passenger rail programs, the agreement would also ensure states and localities have much needed funding and policy certainty to proceed with planned projects. These programs are currently operating under an extension set to expire September 30, and the Federal Highway Administration recently warned the Highway Trust Fund could face cash shortfalls as early as November, which will severely disrupt highway projects. Taken together, the need for prompt action is imperative. With a vote scheduled by Sept. 27, it would eliminate the uncertainty around the Sept. 30 expiration of current surface transportation program funding.

For more information, contact Beth O’Quinn or Chris Smith.
 

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