Sending Office: Honorable Elizabeth H. Esty
Sent By:
Christopher.Cunningham@mail.house.gov

Dear Colleagues,

The American Society of Civil Engineers once again gave America’s infrastructure a D+ rating in its annual Infrastructure Report Score Card—a score that is, quite frankly, unacceptable for the American people and should be intolerable to every member of
Congress. May 14th through 21st marks the 6th annual Infrastructure Week, and there is no better time to highlight the critical importance of investing in the vital networks of transportation, water, energy, and civic infrastructure
systems in each of our districts.

The price of failing to build, maintain, and repair our infrastructure is costing American families $3,400 dollars each year in disposable income, and will place 2.5 million jobs in jeopardy between now and 2025. To put it simply: the federal government
is failing to invest in the basic needs of the American people.

Congress has an essential leadership role in crafting a bipartisan infrastructure plan. The House’s recent achievement in passing a long-term FAA Reauthorization with wide bipartisan support proves that we can work together to address our nation’s critical
needs. We will soon have the opportunity to collaborate on a meaningful Water Resources Development Act.

I invite you to join me in sharing the critical message that it is
#TimeToBuild.

During the district work period from May 28th – June 2nd, there are a number of ways you can get involved.

IN-PERSON TOUR

  • Do an in-person tour of a port, airport, water treatment plant, road or bridge construction project.

ENGAGE THE PRESS

  • Visit your local editorial board or participate in interviews with your local news radio stations to discuss how you are championing for investments in your community, pitch a reporter for an exclusive tag-along to visit infrastructure projects, or host
    a press conference at an infrastructure project and bring the press along for the tour.

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Facebook Live and Periscope are great platforms to showcase a tour. Or use live social video to do a Q & A with another Member of Congress, American Society of Civil Engineers chapter president, labor leader, DOT administrator, water utility general manager,
    or other infrastructure stakeholder about why infrastructure investment is so important. Remember to use #TimeToBuild.

WRITE A BLOG OR OP-ED

  • Write a piece for your own website or pitch an op-ed to your local paper on why investments in  infrastructure are important.

POLICY ROUNDTABLE

  • Host a roundtable discussion in your district with local stakeholders, such as local elected officials, labor groups, the Chamber of Commerce or other business organization, and ASCE chapter members. The
    ASCE Infrastructure Report card is online, which offers great information on the need for investment.

During Infrastructure Week from May 14th – May 21st, I invite you to join me in telling our leaders in Congress and the White House that it is time to take action.

  • I invite you to join me during time for 1- and 5-minutes throughout Infrastructure Week to share the message that it is #TimeToBuild. Talking points and floor charts will be available covering a broad range of infrastructure needs, and additional details
    with be forthcoming.
  • There are a number of industry, stakeholder, and press events taking place in Washington D.C. for Infrastructure Week that you and your staff can attend and take part in. You can view the full list at
    infrastructureweek.org.

If you have questions, are interested to know how many deficient structures you have in your state, or are simply interested in talking about how we can work together to grow our nation’s infrastructure, please contact
Chris.Cunningham@mail.house.gov with Rep. Esty,
Maggie.Ayrea@mail.house.gov with Rep. Graves,
Ryan.Lehman@mail.house.gov with Rep. Maloney, or
Zach.Dooley@mail.house.gov with Rep. Duncan.

Sincerely,

                                                               

Elizabeth H. Esty                                                    Garret Graves

Co-Chair                                                                 Co-Chair

House Infrastructure Caucus                                  House Infrastructure Caucus

                                                               

Sean Patrick Maloney                                             John J. Duncan, Jr.

Co-Chair                                                                 Co-Chair

House Infrastructure Caucus                                  House Infrastructure Caucus

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