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Building America's Future Statement on House Passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

Washington, D.C. - November 5, 2021 - Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.  Included in the $1.2 trillion package is $550 billion in new funding as well as the five-year surface transportation reauthorization legislation.  In response to this action, Building America’s Future Co-Chairs former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood issued the following statements:

“Congratulations to President Biden and those in the Congress who did the hard work of crafting and passing these historic investments to modernize our nation’s infrastructure.  Whether it’s our roads and bridges, transit systems, sea and air ports, drinking and wastewater systems, expanding broadband or preparing for the future by building out electric vehicle charging infrastructure, the IIJA is a homerun.  Building America's Future has been advocating for such a plan since our inception in 2008,” said Governor Ed Rendell.  “For years, as Co-Chair of Building America’s Future, I traveled around the country and witnessed first-hand the deteriorating state of our infrastructure.  But I also found in talking with elected officials, labor, the business community and the media, that Americans strongly support common-sense investments to improve America’s infrastructure.  They understand that these investments will benefit every community, create thousands of good-paying jobs, and keep America economically competitive. Today, every American can be proud of the accomplishments achieved by the IIJA.” 

“For too many years I have compared the state of America’s infrastructure to that of one big pothole.  With the passage of the IIJA, I can finally declare that help is on the way,” said Secretary Ray LaHood.  “Among many things, the IIJA will improve the speed of intercity passenger rail in highly traveled corridors, ensure the continued solvency of the Highway Trust Fund with the transfer of $118 billion from the general fund, keep our ports competitive and repair or replace thousands of the nation’s ailing bridges.  I applaud President Biden for having the vision and determination to bring together Republicans and Democrats to produce a visionary plan to upgrade and modernize America’s infrastructure. Today’s action by the House is a testament to what is possible when Republicans and Democrats work together with a common purpose.” 

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