September 22, 2021

Bipartisan Measure Includes Many of Former President Trump’s Infrastructure, Regulatory and Labor Priorities; Republicans Risk Wasting a Chance to Get them Enacted, Construction Officials Warn

The chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America, Stephen E. Sandherr, issued the following statement in reaction to the announcement today that the House Republican leadership will encourage its party members to vote against the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill:

“The House Republican leadership’s unfortunate decision to encourage its members to vote against the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill puts at risk legislation that President Trump would have proudly signed when he was in office. This measure is virtually identical to the infrastructure proposals the former president put forth while he was in office. That is why 19 Republicans voted in support of the measure when it passed in the Senate last month.

“The bipartisan infrastructure measure represents the best opportunity to support good-paying construction jobs and needed new investments in our aging and overburdened roads, bridges and other infrastructure systems at a time when more and more Americans are trying to get back to work. Voting against the measure will only create new economic hardships for American businesses and commuters. Members of Congress were elected to help their constituents instead of creating new hardships for them. That is why we are urging all Representatives to vote for the bipartisan infrastructure bill.