BAF Praises Infrastructure Investments & Accountability Measures in U.S. House Jobs Bill
Bipartisan, National Infrastructure Coalition Urges U.S. Senate to Include a National Infrastructure Bank
Calls on Congress to Pass a Six‐Year, Reformed Transportation Bill Next Year
Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that will invest an additional $43.3 billion towards infrastructure needs in a variety of areas including highways, transit, intercity passenger rail, airports, safe drinking water, and school construction. The U.S. Senate is expected to consider the jobs package in January 2010.
CRS Report on High Speed Rail in the US
Congress has been interested in high speed rail (HSR) since the 1960s, but the provision of $8 billion for intercity passenger rail and high speed rail projects in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA; P.L. 111-5), enacted in February 2009, has catalyzed enthusiasm for high speed rail in Congress and the nation. One consequence has been a proposed authorization of $50 billion for intercity passenger rail development (including high speed rail) as part of new surface transportation authorization legislation.
Building America’s Future and Stakeholders Urge Congress to Frontload Transportation Investments
Coalition Supports National Infrastructure Bank; Long‐Term Reform
Washington, D.C. – Today Building America's Future (www.BAFuture.org) and stakeholders called on Congress to use the remaining few legislative days of the year to facilitate private investment, economic growth and the creation of jobs through transportation and infrastructure investments.
Historic Energy Grid Modernization Will Help Consumers Save Money; Increase Supply Reliability and Security
Washington, DC – Today President Barack Obama announced the largest investment in U.S. history to modernize the nation’s energy grid: $3.4 billion in grant awards to 49 states. The Smart Grid Investment awards are part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA), and will be matched by industry financing for a total public‐private investment worth over $8 billion.
In response, Marcia Hale, President of Building America’s Future, issued the following statement:
Building America's Future Letter on High Speed Rail and National Infrastructure Bank
To the House and Senate Conferees:
As you work to finalize the Fiscal year 2010 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, we urge you to include funding for two priorities important to Building America’s Future: high speed rail and a National Infrastructure Bank.
Building America’s Future Announces New President
Former White House Official Marcia Hale to Serve as President for Bipartisan and National Infrastructure Coalition.
Kerry O’Hare Promoted to Vice President, Director of Policy.
Sean O’Shea Joins Coalition as Vice President for Outreach and Development.
Building America’s Future Applauds Polly Trottenberg’s Nomination to the U.S. Department of Transportation
Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee held a confirmation hearing for Polly Trottenberg, executive director for Building America’s Future. Trottenberg was nominated to be assistant secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation by President Barack Obama in May. In response Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (CA), Governor Ed Rendell (PA) and Mayor Michael Bloomberg (NYC) issued the following statement:
6/24 EVENT: BAF and NGA To Host Discussion on Future of America's Transportation System
Building America's Future and National Governors Association To Host Discussion on Future of America's Transportation System
6/24 EVENT: Bank That Won’t Need A Bailout: Why America Needs a National Infrastructure Bank
A Bank That Won’t Need A Bailout: Why America Needs a National Infrastructure Bank
Building America’s Future Calls for a 21st Century Federal Transportation Program
Washington, DC – As Congress prepares to revise the federal transportation program (SAFETEALU), Building America’s Future – a national, bipartisan infrastructure coalition led by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Governor Ed Rendell and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger – released a memo today calling on Congress and the Obama Administration to make transformative changes and chart a new transportation vision for the 21st Century.