Washington D.C. - Jan. 30, 2013- Today Building America’s Future President Marcia Hale applauded President Obama for signing the Hurricane Sandy relief bill, H.R. 152, into law.
Marcia Hale said: "In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the weakness of our infrastructure, electrical grid and public transportation systems became glaringly apparent. We applaud President Obama for signing this important legislation into law.”
Since Hurricane Sandy hit the Northeast three months ago, Building America’s Future has advocated for the creation of a bipartisan Commission to develop a long term strategic infrastructure plan. Hurricane Sandy is just the most recent in a string of severe weather events that have exposed the fragility of our infrastructure and transportation systems. Inadequacies in the electric grid that left 55 million Americans in the Northeast and the Midwest without electricity for 48 hours in 2003; the destruction of New Orleans and other Gulf Coast communities due to inadequate levee systems in 2005; the shutdown of public transit systems, airports and freight rail along the East Coast affecting tens of millions and costing even more due to Sandy.
“Emergency funding for Sandy relief was the right thing to do,” continued Hale. “But the country also needs a long term strategic infrastructure plan that invests in our roads, bridges, transit systems, ports, water systems, broadband and electric grid. Severe weather events like Hurricane Sandy should serve as a wake-up call to our elected leaders that our infrastructure systems are at a crisis point and they demand attention.”