WASHINGTON, DC – March 22, 2013 – Today Building America’s Future applauded the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee for approving the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). Building America’s Future has encouraged passage of WRDA and sees the bill as a major step in repairing and upgrading America’s water resources. The bill will now be scored for cost before the Senate will consider it.
“It is a breath of fresh air to see unanimous, bipartisan support for a large-scale infrastructure bill. WRDA has been on our list of action items for Congress to take and we’re pleased to see this movement in the right direction,” said Marcia Hale, President of Building America’s Future. “The American Society of Civil Engineers released their Infrastructure Report Card earlier this week and assigned a C to our ports, a D to dams and drinking water, and a D- to inland waterways and levees. Obviously our critical water resources have been neglected for far too long, and it is past time to step up and make the kinds of investments we need to remain competitive in the global economy.”
Earlier this year, Building America’s Future released its updated report, “Falling Apart and Falling Behind,” drawing attention to America’s decreased ability to compete in the global economy because of our deteriorating water resources, congested aviation systems and insufficient freight systems. In its report, Building America’s Future outlined several recommendations for action, including passing the WRDA and the Realizing America’s Maritime Potential (RAMP) Act, creating a commission to develop a long-term strategic investment plan, and establishing a National Infrastructure Bank.