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

Above the FoldOct 26, 2020 - 11:00am
Infrastructure

Rebuilding Our Vital Infrastructure Requires Congressional Leadership

Our EVP calls on congress to pass much needed infrastructure legislation to rebuild our crumbling roads and bridges.

ReportSep 17, 2020 - 9:00am

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index - 2020 Q3

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index (CCI) is a quarterly economic index designed to gauge the outlook for, and resulting confidence in, the commercial construction industry.

Press ReleaseAug 25, 2020 - 8:00am

U.S. Chamber Coalition Moves to Defend NEPA Reforms In Court

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, along with eight other associations, has taken steps to intervene in litigation seeking to roll back recently enacted reforms to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Letters to CongressJul 27, 2020 - 1:45pm

U.S. Chamber Key Vote Alert! on H.R. 7575, "Water Resources Development Act of 2020"

This Key Vote Alert! letter was sent to the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, supporting H.R. 7575, the "Water Resources Development Act of 2020."

Letters to CongressJul 23, 2020 - 10:45am

U.S. Chamber Key Vote Letter on Amendment 72 to H.R. 7608

This Key Vote Alert! letter was sent to the U.S. House of Representatives, opposing Amendment 72 to H.R. 7608, the "Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act." This Amendment would block implementation of reforms to National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations.

Letters to CongressJul 22, 2020 - 4:15pm

Coalition Letter on Amendment 72 to H.R. 7608

This Coalition letter was sent to the U.S. House of Representatives, opposing Amendment 72 to H.R. 7608, the "Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act." This Amendment would block implementation of reforms to National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations.

Letters to CongressJul 16, 2020 - 9:45am

U.S. Chamber Letter on the Phase 4 Coronavirus Relief Legislation

This Hill letter was sent to the President of the United States Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

Above the FoldJul 15, 2020 - 5:15pm
NEPA

Quick Take: Your Primer on NEPA Updates

Everything you need to know about the White House's updates to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Press ReleaseJul 15, 2020 - 2:45pm

U.S. Chamber CEO Tom Donohue Applauds NEPA Updates

U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue issued the following statement today applauding updates from the White House Council on Environmental Quality that modernize the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), a vital federal environmental law that has not seen major updates since it was adopted in 1970: