It’s July 2018, And There’s No Movement on Infrastructure Legislation

Matthew McMullan

Matthew McMullan Communications Manager, Alliance for American Manufacturing

Last week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi joined Rep. Dan Kildee and other House Democrats for a tour of ongoing water infrastructure repair projects in Flint, Michigan.

Earlier that day, Pelosi and Kildee (who represents Flint) published an opinion that used the Flint Water Crisis as a jumping-off point. It’s title: “Let Flint serve as a warning: Congress must to do more to improve the nation’s infrastructure.”

“The hard truth is, what happened to Flint is not an isolated event. Many other America’s cities and towns are just one mistake away from a similar crisis. What happened to Flint is not an anomaly—rather, it’s a warning to other communities across the country that we must get serious about repairing our aging infrastructure.”

This is not new. It’s becoming old hat to cite the regular report cards from the American Society of Civil Engineers that turn in terrible grades for the country’s public underpinnings. And polling shows people are very much O.K. with spending public money on public transportation infrastructure – indicative of what they feel about other infrastructure, like those for energy and water. 

But there has been little political appetite to tackle our evegreen infrastructure problem.

One (retiring) congressman, House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), plans to shortly put forth an infrastructure bill for consideration, but he admits it’s to start discussion for next year. “He has acknowledged enacting a major bill in the second half of an election year would be tough,” reports Roll Call. “Floor time and congressional appetite for major bills are typically constrained.”  

So I guess we’re gonna wait another year before Washington gets around to (maybe) addressing our lack of long-term infrastructure fixes that guarantee federal Buy America requirements.

No matter. I’m sure President Donald Trump (who boasted of a 10-year, $1 trillion plan during his 2016 campaign) has a laser-like focus on this chronic problem. Right? What’s he up to today?

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Reposted from AAM

Posted In: Allied Approaches, From Alliance for American Manufacturing

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Labor Wins

From the AFL-CIO

On Tuesday, the labor movement drove historic wins for pro-worker candidates like Governor-Elect Andy Beshear in Kentucky and new legislative majorities in Virginia. Not only did union members come out to vote in droves, 270 union member candidates were elected to public office last night and counting. This adds to the total of more than 900 union members elected up and down the ballot in last year’s midterms, a product of the Union Member Candidate Program launched by the AFL-CIO just two years ago. The share of union members who won in the 2018 midterms is two-thirds. The program will continue through 2020 and beyond, electing even more union members to public office. 

“Our efforts recruiting, training and supporting labor candidates have led to the passage of pro-worker legislation from coast to coast and everywhere in between,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said.

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