Infrastructure

Investing in America’s infrastructure is critical to our economic recovery, prosperity and quality of life. The longer our elected leaders wait to pass legislation, the more our roads, bridges, and highways will deteriorate.

 

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Top 10 Reasons...

Our Priorities

 

Progress is being made on Capitol Hill, with the Senate passing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act on a bipartisan basis. 

This much-needed infrastructure legislation will create millions of jobs, improve global competitiveness, and add trillions of dollars in economic growth through investment in roads, bridges, ports, airports, transit, rail, water and energy infrastructure, access to broadband, and more. 

The House now needs to pass this bipartisan legislation so it can be signed into law without delay. Read more from our President and CEO Suzanne Clark.


See what the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will provide your state for highway programs, bridge replacement and repairs, public transportation, broadband, and more.

 

Infrastructure is not a partisan issue – it’s an American priority.

 



 


Recent Chamber Actions Supporting Passage of Infrastructure Legislation:

  • January 2021: Launched Build by the Fourth of July initiative with over 300 national and local organizations
  • February 2021: Launched Brent Spence Bridge campaign with state and local chambers
  • February 2021: Hosted Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) and Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) during our inaugural Common Grounds event series to discuss bipartisan solutions to infrastructure investment
  • June 2021: Joined Business Roundtable and the National Association of Manufacturers leaders in a joint statement urging Congress and the Administration to continue bipartisan negotiations
  • July 2021: Launched and led the Coalition for Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment, consisting of over 100 business, labor and public policy organizations 

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.

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).

Above the FoldJun 23, 2020 - 10:45am
Steel workers in El Dorado National Forest, California

U.S. Chamber Study Shows Commercial Construction Industry Poised For Recovery After Covid-19

The Q2 2020 Commercial Construction Index reveals a drop in contractors’ confidence and outlook for their industry amid COVID-19.

Above the FoldJun 23, 2020 - 5:00am
Rural broadband

COVID-19 Illustrates Why Congress Must Act Now on Broadband

Check out our recommendations for bridging the digital divide, which broadens as the pandemic continues.

Above the FoldJun 18, 2020 - 7:00pm
Colorado River in Austin, Texas

Advancing Environmentally Sustainable International Trade Amid COVID-19

Mohammad Abunayyan, chair of the B20 ESC Taskforce, breaks down the importance of environmentally sustainable trade in the wake of COVID-19.

Above the FoldJun 08, 2020 - 12:00pm
Infrastructure, Truck

Resilience Is Good Public Policy

Improving lifeline infrastructure is necessary for companies and communities to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.