What Good Public Infrastructure Means
Infrastructure is present in every facet of our daily lives. It is the roads we drive through, the water systems we rely on, the energy we are powered by. It is also the schools we attend as children, the high-speed internet we require to work and play, and the public transportation we require for all activities.
Our engagement with infrastructure is constant, making it a fabric of our society, and something that must be invested in, maintained, and improved at all times. The American Society of Civil Engineers estimated $4.6 trillion in infrastructure needs, with over $2 trillion completely unplanned and unfunded in the next 10 years. This requires quick and bold action from politicians to ensure our country stays ahead of the curve and leads the way with the appropriate jobs and infrastructure plans.
Why HCR 63
Not all jobs and infrastructure bills are created equal. Our country is in need of a major overhaul to propel its infrastructure into the 21st century and put people to work with sustainable, long-lasting jobs. This means transitioning away from fossil fuels, better serving traditionally underfunded communities, and ensuring that our bridges, freeways and public transportation are safe and efficient for all users. It also means ensuring that public infrastructure is built to serve all people, not just moneyed interests.
Major jobs and infrastructure bills may only happen once in a generation. By pledging to support the principles laid out in HCR 63, Members of Congress are committing to a strong investment in a better future that works for all of us. They are rejecting any infrastructure “scams” which sell off our public works to corporations and hedge funds, while saddling future generations with more taxes and tolls.
The next jobs and infrastructure bill that is passed can either be a huge step in the right direction or two steps in the wrong direction. We must demand that our politicians lead us forward and settle for nothing less.