Let's Rebuild America

Economic productivity and global competitiveness depend on thriving and reliable transportation infrastructure. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as the leading voice of America’s business community, believes that strong transportation infrastructure will lower operating costs, increase profitability, mitigate logistical challenges, and provide a catalyst for investment.

 

It’s time to get America moving again.

 

The Roadmap to Modernizing America's Infrastructure

For almost 100 years, America’s infrastructure has been the envy of the world. But over more recent decades, total investment in transportation has fallen as a share of gross domestic product—while population, congestion, and maintenance backlogs have increased.

America’s infrastructure is in terrible condition. Inaction is simply not an option. We need to modernize America’s infrastructure immediately. The time to act is now.

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Surface Transportation

To rebuild and expand our roads, bridges, and transit systems, it is time for a modest increase in the federal motor vehicle user fee. The user fee was last raised in 1993. Since then, inflation has eroded nearly 40% of its value. In addition, vehicles are significantly more fuel efficient than they were 25 years ago. As a result, motorists spend less on fuel to drive the same number of miles, but there is significantly less revenue to maintain the roads they drive on.

Specifically, we call on Congress to raise the user fee by 5 cents per year for five years for a total of 25 cents and adjust the fee to inflation thereafter.

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Critical Infrastructure Financing

Rebuilding and modernizing our airports, ports, waterways, water systems, dams, rail systems, utilities, and other core infrastructure require a multifaceted financial approach that includes leveraging private-sector resources. We can meet today’s infrastructure needs and build for the future by financing the costs over the long term.

A small federal investment now would leverage significant additional funding for infrastructure projects. This would allow the nation to embark on the rebuilding that we need without breaking the bank.

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Permit Streamlining

The permitting process for major infrastructure projects is broken. It can take longer to get government permits than it takes to construct a project. It takes on average five years to complete an environmental impact statement, a federal requirement for many large projects. And depending on the type of project, permitting can involve state and local approvals in addition to myriad federal permits.

In addition to setting firm deadlines, it is time for Congress to merge sequential and duplicative reviews, codify the “One Federal Decision” policy so that there is a single agency responsible for shepherding a project through the approval process, and ensure that post-approval lawsuits do not needlessly delay projects.

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The Workforce Necessary to Rebuild Our Infrastructure

Rebuilding America’s infrastructure will require skilled workers ready and able to take on new projects. Yet today—before any major new investment in our infrastructure—78% of construction firms report that they are having a hard time finding qualified workers. If we do not expand the workforce, it will be impossible to move ahead with the projects that need to be undertaken.

We need to keep the skilled workers who are currently in the workforce because of programs like DACA and TPS. Ultimately, Congress must enact immigration reform so that we can attract and admit the skilled workers our nation needs.

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Americans Understand the Importance of Modernizing the U.S. Infrastructure System

Share of voters who say it’s important that the U.S. modernize our nation’s infrastructure system:

 

Across Party Lines, Voters Support the Federal Government Investing More in Infrastructure Modernization

Share of voters who support the federal government investing more to modernize our nation’s infrastructure system:

 

Infrastructure Investments are Expected to Benefit American Businesses and Spur Job Creation

Share of voters who say infrastructure investments will…

 

By a 22-Point Margin, Voters Support Implementing a Federal Fuel User Fee to Ensure the U.S. has a 21st Century Infrastructure System

Would you support or oppose implementing a federal fuel user fee if you knew the additional funds would be applied to ensuring our nation has a 21st century infrastructure system?

 

Across Party Lines, Voters Demand Urgency from Congress Regarding Infrastructure Modernization and Investments:

Share of voters who want Congress to move forward with an infrastructure package now:

Recent Activity

Issue BriefJan 18, 2018 - 10:00am

Modernizing America’s Infrastructure Requires Adjusting the Federal Motor Vehicle User Fee

This issue brief examines the need to adjust the Federal Motor Vehicle User Fee, commonly referred to as the 'Gas Tax'. To rebuild and expand our roads, bridges, and transit systems, it is time for a modest increase in the federal motor vehicle fuel user fee.

SpeechJan 18, 2018 - 9:30am

America’s Infrastructure Summit: Time to Modernize

America’s Infrastructure Summit: Time to Modernize

Issue BriefJan 17, 2018 - 4:00pm

Modernizing America's Infrastructure Requires an Expanded Workforce

In order to modernize America's infrastructure, an expansion of the workforce is necessary. This issue brief explains the need, and includes recommendations on increasing the number of skilled workers.

Issue BriefJan 17, 2018 - 3:45pm

Modernizing America's Infrastructure Requires Public-Private Partnerships

Neither the government or the private sector can modernize America's infrastructure alone. This issue brief examines why public-private partnerships are integral to modernizing America's infrastructure.

Issue BriefJan 17, 2018 - 3:30pm

Modernizing America's Infrastructure Requires Streamlining the Permitting Process

This issue brief examines the tight correlation between modernizing America's infrastructure and streamlining the permitting process.

In the NewsJan 17, 2018 - 10:45am

U.S. Chamber of Commerce to push Trump, Congress to raise the gas tax to fund infrastructure

The story previews the Chamber’s proposal, which will recommend increasing the gas tax by 25 cents over 5 years, encouraging additional private investments in infrastructure projects, streamlining the permitting process, and growing the workforce.

LetterJun 26, 2017 - 5:30pm

H.R. 2997, the "21st Century AIRR Act"

This letter was sent to members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in regard to H.R. 2997, the “21st Century AIRR Act."

Press ReleaseMay 15, 2017 - 9:00am

U.S. Chamber Survey Shows Voter Support for Federal Investment in Infrastructure

Voters Say Federal Investment Would Create Jobs, Help American Businesses

Above the FoldApr 07, 2017 - 3:00pm
Tom Donohue at the #LetsGrow Atlanta event with Georgia Chamber President and CEO Chris Clark, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, and Georgia Governor Nathan Deal

Chamber Snapshots: The First Quarter of 2017 in Photos

2017 is off to a busy start for the U.S. Chamber.