WASHINGTON D.C. — The American Public Works Association (APWA) has issued a call for Congress to fully appropriate funds for the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which President Joe Biden signed into law two months ago.
“With passage of the IIJA, Congress offered a bold vision for the future of our nation’s infrastructure. Now, it is time to ensure that the legislation receives full funding for implementation, thus ensuring that American infrastructure can support the lives of every citizen and continue to contribute to our nation’s general welfare as it has historically,” said APWA CEO Scott Grayson and APWA president Stan Brown in a public letter directed to Congressional leaders on Jan. 18.
“Each day, millions of Americans commute to work on aging highways, roads and bridges, utilize out-of-date water and wastewater systems, and rely upon thinly stretched emergency management services to respond to natural disasters, traffic incidents and other life-threatening scenarios.”
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act adds $559 billion to the federal government’s average annual allocation of $650 billion to infrastructure.