Two Trillion Reasons
May 3, 2019
Infrastructure Week Part 52: More Infrastructurey
by Joe Aiello | Northeast Field Coordinator
“I've got 100 resolutions
But I've got no solutions”
The Lawrence Arms
First there was “Infrastructure Week”. Then there was “Infrastructure Week”. Followed up by a new “Infrastructure Week”. We could have 52 different “infrastructure weeks” and the story would be the same in this country - a whole lot of talk and little to no action. All while our rail, bridges, and roads all continue to crumble. In his State of the Union address earlier this year, President Trump told Congress that an infrastructure bill was "not an option" but "a necessity".
It is time for the White House and Congressional leadership to step up. Not next week, next month, or after the next election. Now. As in yesterday.
This morning, Chairman @RepPeterDeFazio testified in front of the @WaysMeansCmte regarding the need for immediate action to fix our crumbling infrastructure. We need investment in our infrastructure and that’s the bottom line. pic.twitter.com/y6MSpRr8gc— Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (@TransportDems) March 6, 2019
House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR) has taken on the call and testified on what we need to spend today due to decades of underinvestment. Our Association has been beating the drum on this topic for years. See our United States of Underinvestment map here.
Then we need to invest in our infrastructure. NOW.
The news this week that President Trump and Congress have agreed, in principal, to invest $2 trillion in our infrastructure is welcoming - but stop me if you have heard this one before...
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"The National Association of Railroad Passengers has done yeoman work over the years and in fact if it weren’t for NARP, I'd be surprised if Amtrak were still in possession of as a large a network as they have. So they've done good work, they're very good on the factual case."
Robert Gallamore, Director of Transportation Center at Northwestern University and former Federal Railroad Administration official, Director of Transportation Center at Northwestern University
November 17, 2005, on The Leonard Lopate Show (with guest host Chris Bannon), WNYC New York.