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 CongressJun 30, 2021 - 4:30pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on FY22 Interior and Environment Appropriations

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the House Committee on Appropriations on the Fiscal Year 2022 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies appropriations bill.

Letters to CongressJun 30, 2021 - 10:30am

U.S. Chamber Letter on H.R. 3684, "Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation (INVEST) in America Act"

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, on H.R. 3684, the "Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation (INVEST) in America Act."

Litigation UpdateJun 29, 2021 - 3:00pm

U.S. Supreme Court Holds Pipeline Builders Can Exercise Eminent Domain over State-Owned Lands, Clearing Way for Important Infrastructure Development

In PennEast Pipeline Co., LLC, v. New Jersey, the U.S. Supreme Court held, 5-4, that once FERC approves a new pipeline, the company building the pipeline may condemn all necessary rights-of-way, including on land owned by state governments. 

Press ReleaseJun 24, 2021 - 12:45pm

U.S. Chamber CEO Commends Hard Work, Commitment in Reaching Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The following statement can be attributed to U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Suzanne Clark:  

Press ReleaseJun 17, 2021 - 9:00am

Commercial Construction Contractors Upbeat on Outlook Despite Worsening Material Shortages, Worker Shortages

88% indicate difficulty in finding skilled workers; of those, 35% have turned down work because of it

ReportJun 17, 2021 - 8:00am
Commercial Construction Index - Q2 2021 - Cover

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index – Q2 2021 

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.

Above the FoldJun 16, 2021 - 11:15am
Three male construction workers discuss construction plans on a commercial construction site.

New Report Finds Construction Contractors Struggling to Find Workers, Building Materials

The Q2 2021 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index found that commercial construction contractors are growing optimistic.

Press ReleaseJun 16, 2021 - 8:00am

Business Leaders Unite in Urging Congress and the Administration to Continue Bipartisan Infrastructure Negotiations, Ensuring Durable and Long-Term Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Suzanne Clark, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Joshua Bolten, President & CEO of Business Roundtable, and Jay Timmons, President and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, issued the following statement:  

Letters to CongressJun 15, 2021 - 2:00pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on S. 2016, the “Surface Transportation Investment Act of 2021”

This Hill letter was sent to Members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

Letters to CongressJun 10, 2021 - 11:45am

U.S. Chamber Letter on Infrastructure Negotiations

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the United States Senate, on ongoing negotiations on potential infrastructure legislation.