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Rep. Schrader Advocates for District Infrastructure Priorities and Job Creation in Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Hearing

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APRIL 14, 2021

Contact: Molly Prescott, 202-657-2676

Rep. Schrader Advocates for District Infrastructure Priorities and Job Creation in Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Kurt Schrader appeared before the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to advocate for priorities in Oregon’s 5th Congressional District ahead of the Committee’s plan to markup a surface transportation bill next month.


“Congress must take bold steps towards rebuilding American infrastructure and creating jobs for the 21st Century, but it is essential for Oregon’s 5th Congressional District to have a voice in the process,” Rep. Schrader said. Today, I was proud to advocate for much-needed federal investments in our local infrastructure, including pushing to fund projects like the Aurora-Donald Interchange, the Oregon Routes 22 and 51 interchange area and I-205 improvements, as well as enact a long-term, sustainable solution to fund the Highway Trust Fund. Also, as Congress moves forward with legislation, I hope our scope expands beyond just surface projects to include other long-neglected forms of infrastructure, such as employing direct funds to support the critical work needed to repair the south jetty at the entrance of Tillamook Bay. Through championing these projects and more, I will continue to stand up for Oregon communities and jobs every step of the way.”

“After hearing from Members today, it has become even more clear that communities across the country—both urban and rural—need transformational infrastructure investments to improve the lives of all Americans,” Rep. Peter DeFazio, Chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure said. “By modernizing our infrastructure, we can create millions of jobs, become more competitive in the global economy, make transportation more affordable and equitable, create more livable communities, and reduce carbon pollution from the transportation sector that is driving the climate crisis. This is our moment to move our infrastructure out of the Eisenhower era and into the 21st century and beyond.”

Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers grades the state of U.S. infrastructure and identifies needed investment. Last month, the American Society of Civil Engineers released its 2021 Infrastructure Report Card, giving the U.S. a ‘C- grade’. According to ASCE, the country’s total infrastructure needs over the next decade total more than $2.5 trillion to repair what we have.

State-by-state and issue-specific fact sheets from the White House can be found here.

 

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