Infrastructure

Most Americans agree that our roads, bridges, mass transit systems, air and sea ports, and water infrastructure are critical national assets that drive growth, jobs, safety, and global competitiveness.

What we can’t seem to agree on is how to pay for badly needed maintenance and repairs. It’s time to stop thinking about infrastructure as a problem, but as an opportunity for bipartisan agreement to invest wisely and carefully in our most critical needs, while eliminating wasteful spending.

Projects and Programs


Our Priorities

The Chamber is working to ensure the nation’s long-term economic growth and competitiveness by enacting an infrastructure modernization plan. 

Priorities

Roads, Bridges, and Transit
  • Enact changes to ensure that there is sufficient dedicated revenue to maintain the solvency of the Highway Trust Fund. 
  • Enact a long-term infrastructure modernization bill.
  • Other Infrastructure Including Air, Sea, Rural Broadband, Energy, and Water 
  • Provide a toolkit of options for supplemental funding and financing of other critical infrastructure, including through public-private partnerships, dedicated user fees, and revolving loan programs.
Permitting and Regulatory Reform 
  • Continue to streamline the federal permitting process, including the use of concurrent reviews and time limits for agency decisions. 
  • Encourage similar permitting reforms at the state and local levels. 
  • Oppose efforts to reregulate transportation industries.
Infrastructure and Transportation Workforce 
  • Highlight workforce shortages in the infrastructure and transportation sectors and push for regulatory reforms and skills programs to address these shortages. 
  • The U.S. Chamber continues to promote and enact policies to ensure that U.S. capital markets are the fairest, most efficient, and innovative in the world.

 

Recent Activity

Letters to CongressApr 13, 2021 - 9:45am

U.S. Chamber Letter to the Senate on the Trottenberg Nomination to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the United States Senate, on the nomination of Polly Trottenberg to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation.

Press ReleaseApr 07, 2021 - 5:00pm

U.S. Chamber Opposes Tax Hikes That Would Hurt Economic Growth, Competitiveness and Job Creation

Urges Bipartisan Negotiations to Move Infrastructure Forward WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Chamber has long opposed tax hikes that will hurt American businesses and cost America jobs. The following statement can be attributed to Neil Bradley, executive vice president and chief policy officer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce: 

Above the FoldMar 23, 2021 - 12:45pm

Q&A with CEOs on Continuing to Innovate and Move Forward in a Forever-Changed Aviation Industry

On March 31, the industry’s top leaders will convene virtually for the U.S. Chamber’s 20th annual Aviation Summit.

Press ReleaseMar 18, 2021 - 9:00am

Commercial Construction Contractors’ Outlook Lifts on Rising Revenue Expectations

Concerns about finding skilled workers, material costs, and steel tariffs linger

Op EdMar 05, 2021 - 12:45pm

OPINION: No more temporary fixes to the Brent Spence Bridge

Union and business leaders don’t always share the same priorities or concerns. But both of us think about the Brent Spence Bridge every day. We wish we didn’t.By: Brent Cooper and Tim Donoghue

Letters to CongressMar 02, 2021 - 5:00pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on the Nomination of Polly Trottenberg to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, supporting the Nomination of Polly Trottenberg to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation.

Letters to CongressMar 02, 2021 - 11:15am

Coalition Letter on National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Permit Streamlining

This Coalition letter was sent to the Members of the United States Congress, on National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) permits.

Press ReleaseFeb 25, 2021 - 9:45am

Federal and State Action is Needed Now to Revitalize Local Infrastructure Projects

Revitalization of the Brent Spence Bridge corridor has been a topic of discussion for decades. Currently the bridge is carrying twice the traffic it was designed for and is a notorious chokepoint for commuters. Between federal and state action there’s an opportunity to revitalize the Brent Spence Bridge corridor and invest in critical regional infrastructure projects this year.