America’s infrastructure and its shortcomings have been an unavoidable topic recently. While the American public is widely in support of improving our nation’s infrastructure, which hasn’t been updated since the Eisenhower Administration (1961), debates about the price tag of such an endeavor have taken center stage within the halls of Congress and the news media.
Congressman DeFazio has been continually pushing to bring infrastructure up to 21st century standards. I appreciate his leadership on this issue and his most recent vote to pass the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, landmark legislation that will invest in America’s roads and bridges, water infrastructure, resilience, internet and more.
Now, Congress is faced with passing another landmark legislation. When I heard about the Build Back Better framework, which Congressman DeFazio has been pushing hard for, I was immediately supportive. The Build Back Better agenda provides funding for climate mitigation and pollution reduction, in addition to necessary steps to prepare for and reduce the ever-worsening effects of climate change. It also provides for historic investments in the care of children, families and seniors.
I am grateful to Congressman DeFazio for advocating for the Build Back Better framework, and I am hopeful that it will pass the House and Senate soon, with DeFazio’s environmental priorities intact. We must have decisive action taken now, and the Build Back Better agenda is a great way to provide the help that America is so desperately in need of.