NY Daily News: How to get to yes on infrastructure
By Ed Rendell
July 2, 2017
I consider myself a strong, partisan Democrat, but I am an American first. As an American, I hope that the Trump administration and the Congress can come together and get things done. It is my belief that if the administration were to reach out to Democrats, many would respond in good faith to help resolve the problems facing our country.
American Infrastructure Magazine: Infrastructure Beyond Just Transportation
By Ed Rendell
June 14, 2017
It is almost an accepted fact that the American infrastructure is crumbling and desperately needs repair and revitalization. The public and members of the Congress, of both parties, are aware of this and will acknowledge that something must be done. Unfortunately, when you say infrastructure most American’s think mostly of roads, highways, and bridges. Although we need to take significant action to repair and revitalize our transportation network, our infrastructure needs go beyond transportation.
U.S. News & World Report: A Bigger, Better Plan for Trump
By Donna Cooper and Ed Rendell
June 9, 2017
U.S. News & World Report: Ray LaHood: Just a Start
By Ray LaHood
June 9, 2017
Relying solely on public-private partnerships to improve our infrastructure is like believing that a train can run without tracks. Public-private partnerships are important for saving our nation's infrastructure, but they're not enough. We need federal, direct funding, or our infrastructure will continue collapsing, causing irreparable damage to cities across the nation.
Washington Post Letter to the Editor: Raising the federal gas tax makes sense
By: Secretary Ray LaHood
June 4, 2017
Washington Post: Raising the federal gas tax makes sense
By: Hugh Hewitt
May 30, 2017
President Trump has returned to the White House to be met by a tax-reform effort in crisis. He can get it back on track by embracing a solution that is obvious and equitable — and that ought to be easy.
The Hill: We can't wait any longer to fix our nation's crumbling infrastructure
By Randi Weingarten and Former Gov. Ed Rendell (D-Penn)
May 19, 2017
The dire condition of our nation’s infrastructure cannot be overstated. National media attention has pulled back the curtain on the mounting frustration and unsafe conditions Americans experience daily. Congested airports, collapsed dams, crumbling bridges, derailed trains, and outdated schools are quickly becoming the norm rather than the exception.
Philadelphia Inquirer: Any infrastructure plan must include airports
By Ed Rendell, Chellie Cameron & Kevin M. Burke
May 18, 2017
Earlier this year, the American Society of Civil Engineers graded America's infrastructure a D-plus. Our roads are riddled with potholes, our trains and buses are overcrowded, and many of our ports are not deep enough to accept larger cargo ships.
Bloomberg Government: It’s time to raise the nation’s D+ infrastructure grade
By Secretary LaHood & Norma Jean Mattei
In his address to Congress, President Trump described a future in which “crumbling infrastructure will be replaced with new roads, bridges, tunnels, airports and railways gleaming across our beautiful land,” and asked Congress to assemble a plan to provide a $1 trillion investment comprising public and private capital.
NY Daily News: Find a way to build big things together
By Secretary Ray LaHood
Our country went through a long and divisive election, and contentious opening days of a new administration. But with the start of the new Congress and the inauguration of a new President, we have a unique opportunity and obligation to find issues of common cause that can unite our nation and help move us forward.
I say this as a former Republican congressman who worked in a Democratic President’s cabinet — and as someone who cares deeply about the future competitiveness of this country.