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Building America's Future Statement on Senate Passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

Washington, D.C. – August 10, 2021 – Today the Senate passed the $1.2 trillion over eight years Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.  Included in the $1.2 trillion package is $550 billion in new funding as well as the Senate’s 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:

“Since its inception in 2008, Building America’s Future has championed a bold, visionary and long-term plan to invest in America’s ailing infrastructure.  I am pleased to see progress towards achieving that goal,” said Governor Ed Rendell. “The World Economic Forum has ranked America’s infrastructure number 13 in the world.  This historic investments in roads, bridges, transit, rail, drinking water and wastewater and broadband will kick start the much-needed process of building back better and getting us back to number one as we were in 2005.  I applaud the hard work and determination of Democrats and Republicans to come together to craft and pass this significant legislation.” 

“The passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is a testament to what can be achieved when Republicans and Democrats unite on an issue of critical importance to our nation’s economy, economic competitiveness and quality of life,” said Secretary Ray LaHood.  “I am particularly pleased by the historic investments in passenger rail.  These funds are essential to achieving higher speed rail in highly traveled corridors.  I believe that rebuilding and modernizing our infrastructure to meet the needs of the 21st century will require investment and effort from all levels of government and the private sector.  This legislation will significantly boost public funding while providing incentives spur private investment.  It now deserves to be approved by the House.”

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