Washington, D.C. - March 31, 2021 - Today, Building America’s Future Co-Chairs, former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, issued the following statements in response to President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion Build Back Better Plan for infrastructure.
The massive plan proposes to invest $2 trillion over eight years on everything from roads, bridges, transit, passenger rail, airports, seaports, broadband, electric vehicle infrastructure, to drinking water, wastewater, electric grid, schools, and housing. A significant component of the plan is to build in resilience to safeguard our communities from the effects of climate change. By strengthening the manufacturing supply chains for critical goods and kickstarting clean energy manufacturing, the Plan will boost America’s economic competitiveness and provide a path to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is just what the doctor ordered for America’s ailing infrastructure – a big and bold plan to kick start the country’s economic recovery. More than just repairing and modernizing our roads, bridges and rails, this Plan will also create thousands of good paying middle-class jobs. We look forward to working with the President and Congress in making this Plan a reality” said Governor Ed Rendell.
“President Biden is a man of his word. He promised a visionary and robust plan to build back America’s infrastructure and with today’s announcement we can see that he meant it. I am particularly pleased to see a strong passenger component as part of the Plan. Now it’s time for Republicans and Democrats to come together to get the nation’s infrastructure back to number one in the world like we were in 2005,” said Secretary Ray LaHood.
Governor Rendell and Secretary LaHood are available for interview and further commentary.