NAPA members, volunteers, leadership, and staff participated in the virtual Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) Legislative Fly-In on May 20, marking the event’s 20th anniversary.
US Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg acknowledged that TCC members “put the ‘build’ in build back better.” Reflecting on major projects that drove America’s progress during the last 200 years, he remarked that now, too, “We need a generational investment in our transportation infrastructure.” With this, Secretary Buttigieg underscored the value of present-day investment to inspire “a new generation of construction workers to turn new jobs into new careers” and to build new projects “with racial equity and environmental justice in mind.”
Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works Chairman Tom Carper (D-DE) and Ranking Member Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) spoke with NAPA’s own Audrey Copeland and Jay Hansen, respectively. Along with rebuilding the country’s physical transportation infrastructure, both openly supported the necessary expansion and availability of broadband internet across America – a key asset for workforce development, education, and modern quality of life. Both also shared their commitment to building for the future, particularly the environmental future and the resilience necessary to withstand and recover from severe weather impacts on physical infrastructure.
On pay-fors, Senator Capito stated, “We’re looking at innovative ideas,” such as repurposing unused COVID funding, but “we will not be raising the gas tax.” Senator Carper, who was less specific, remarked repeatedly that, “This is a shared responsibility, not just the federal government’s,” noting responsibilities at all levels of government, as well as opportunities for private businesses.
May 24, 2021 by NAPA Government Affairs
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