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 FoldFeb 25, 2020 - 4:15pm
C_Tec

Update NEPA to Help Drive America’s Digital Potential

C_Tec Policy Counsel Jordan Crenshaw breaks down how better infrastructure will impact businesses of all sizes across the country.

Above the FoldFeb 04, 2020 - 1:15pm
2019 State of the Union

What Does the Business Community Want to Hear in the State of the Union?

They’ll be looking for sound, pro-business policies that will spur growth and job creation and support workers with rising wages.

Above the FoldJan 20, 2020 - 9:00am
Solar energy farm in Nebraska.

The Key to a Clean Environment and Strong Economy

Updating the National Environmental Policy Act is necessary to realign the implementation of the law with its original mission.

Above the FoldNov 13, 2019 - 9:30am
e-scooters

Rise of E-Scooters Reinforces Need for U.S. Infrastructure Investment 

E-scooters are crucial to public transit as an alternative mode of transportation. But to keep them around, we need better infrastructure.

Above the FoldSep 09, 2019 - 9:00am
U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. with hazy clouds behind it.

How to Keep the Economy Growing

Depending on whom you talk to, the economy is either soaring or sinking. Which side is right? Well, both ...

Above the FoldAug 19, 2019 - 12:45pm
pothole

Infrastructure: The Bipartisan Opportunity Congress and America Needs

A modern infrastructure bill is the prime opportunity for Congress to come together and improve the day-to-day lives of the American people.

Above the FoldJun 07, 2019 - 10:00am
Looking towards Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, at night.

Infrastructure – Time to Move It

75,000 jobs were created in May 2019. The unemployment rate is 3.6%.

Above the FoldJun 06, 2019 - 12:15pm
Maura Donahue, left, receives the chairman's gavel from Tom Wilson at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

DonahueFavret's Maura Donahue: New Chairman Aims to Build on Chamber’s Strengths

Donahue, a business leader in Louisiana, served previously as chairman from 2005-2006.

Above the FoldMay 24, 2019 - 10:00am
U.S. Flag

Slowdown Ahead: Why Your Memorial Day Drive Will Take Way Longer Than It Should

Weekend Travelers Prefer Gas Tax Increase over Traffic Congestion

Above the FoldMay 23, 2019 - 11:30am
Highway Texas

A Path Forward for American Infrastructure

Infrastructure is bigger than any one person, company or industry. We all benefit from smart investments in a modern transportation network.