Infrastructure Talks at Crossroads

June 2, 2021 – President Biden will sit down with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today as his infrastructure negotiations with Republicans enter a critical and potentially final week. Administration officials have signaled this is a make-or-break week on bipartisan negotiations, with Biden hoping to pass an infrastructure bill with or without Republicans by the end of the summer. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg…

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NSSGA Applauds Representatives Asking for State DOT Relief

A bipartisan House Dear Colleague letter highlighting needed relief for state Departments of Transportation (DOTs), and the related infrastructure projects they implement, was led by Rep. Connor Lamb (D-Pa.), Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio), Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Calif.) and Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.) The letter included a total of 47 signatures.

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Chamber, BPC Call for Infrastructure Bill by Fourth of July

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) along with more than 300 national and local organizations sent a letter to members of the United States Congress, urging them to enact a fiscally and environmentally responsible infrastructure package by the Fourth of July that stimulates the economy and improves the quality of life for every American.

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Infrastructure an Economy Boost

Dec. 8, 2020 – The Biden administration is eyeing a major infrastructure package as a way to boost the economy and advance its climate priorities, with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle eager for progress after four years of fits and starts under President Trump, according to an article in The Hill. Democrats and Republicans alike agree that the nation’s crumbling…

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Pelosi, Trump Align on Infrastructure Bill as Economic Relief

March 31, 2019 – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said a “Phase 4” economic-relief package could include “more direct payments” to Americans and spending on infrastructure. “The president said during the campaign and since, infrastructure was a priority for him. So that’s why we believe that in terms of recovery, that’s probably the most bipartisan path that we can take,” Pelosi said.…

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Can’t Afford to Take the Year Off

Jan. 9, 2019 – U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Thomas J. Donohue just gave his annual State of American Business address, where he outlined top priorities for the business community in the coming year. While acknowledging the complex political environment, Donohue called out top challenges that require bipartisan action in Washington, including a comprehensive infrastructure package, reforms to our immigration system,…

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U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement a Bipartisan Win

Dec. 10, 2019 – Nice to see some bipartisan cooperation for once. The House of Representatives signaled support for a revised trade deal — called the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement — that represents an overhaul of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement. It would create new intellectual property protections, require more North American parts to be used in automobiles to qualify for…

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No Political Football

May 23, 2019 – I have a message for President Trump and Congress: Do not turn infrastructure funding into a political football! President Trump abruptly canceled an infrastructure meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer at the White House yesterday and declared that bipartisan cooperation was impossible while House committees are investigating him. He also demanded that Congress pass a…

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