The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has announced a new initiative – titled Build by the Fourth of July – which calls on Congress to enact a fiscally and environmentally responsible infrastructure package that stimulates the economy by July 4, 2021. The initiative is in partnership with the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington-D.C. based think tank that strives to combine ideas from both major political parties to promote health, security, and opportunity for all Americans.
This coalition brings together a diverse group of organizations including the North America’s Building Trades Unions, the National Wildlife Federation, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the National Association of Home Builders, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, as well as other leading business, policy and labor organizations as we expand upon work from a broad coalition of transportation and infrastructure groups, with an emphasis on building new partnerships to address our nation’s infrastructure needs.
According to the coalition, comprehensive infrastructure legislation should:
- Repair and update the nation’s crumbling infrastructure
- Stimulate the economy and create middle-class sustaining jobs
- Address climate change
- Promote fiscally and environmentally friendly policies
- Improve federal project approvals
- Address the digital divide
“Our long-term economic recovery requires building a governing coalition committed to bipartisan solutions, and tackling a long overdue infrastructure package is an immediate way the new Congress and new administration can demonstrate their shared commitment to the betterment of the country,” said U.S. Chamber CEO Tom Donohue. “Rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure is not only one of the fastest and most direct ways to create new jobs and spur economic growth now, but also it will sustain our modern economy for the long-term. The coalition members may not agree on every issue or detail, but we understand the importance of working together for the greater good of the American people. We strongly urge policymakers to do the same and enact a fiscally and environmentally responsible infrastructure package as one of their first priorities.”
To elevate infrastructure as a priority, the U.S. Chamber is mobilizing businesses to secure commitments from legislators to enact a bill into law by the next Independence Day. Businesses that wish to join the effort can do so at this link.
“National infrastructure investment is the best idea that never happens. Congress must seize this opportunity to jump start our economy, repair aging systems, and advance the modern technologies needed to confront climate change.” Said Jason Grumet, president of the Bipartisan Policy Center.