Sending Office: Honorable Alcee L. Hastings
Cosponsors: Clarke, Cohen, Jackson Lee, Johnson (TX), Johnson (GA), Payne, Jr., Plaskett, Richmond, Sires, and Wilson (FL)
I ask that you join me in prioritizing investments in infrastructure by cosponsoring the
Build America Act of 2019.
My legislation will significantly increase the size and scope of two existing infrastructure grant programs, the Capital Investment Grant Program (CIG), also known as New Starts/Small Starts, and the BUILD Grant Program, formerly known as the Transportation
Investment Generating Economic Recovery Grant Program, or TIGER Grants. These programs have been immensely successful in the past, assisting rural and urban communities prioritize their own needs. Each program requires matching funds from those seeking assistance,
making them smart and effective avenues for leveraging federal funding to make a real impact across the country.
Specifically, my bill takes these programs out of the annual appropriations process and establishes them as mandatory programs with permanent and expanded funding streams totaling more than $10 billion annually. This expansion will be welcome news to the
thousands of communities like those I represent that have relied on these programs – or sought funding only to be denied due to insufficient funding.
I am hopeful that this will be the year that we finally make the infrastructure investments we need. I am proud to offer my legislation – not for a massive, all-encompassing infrastructure package – but rather, for a common sense expansion of successful
programs based on need and merit that will ensure we put money towards the greatest infrastructure needs regardless of any additional package passed in the House.
For more information or to co-sponsor this legislation, please contact Evan Polisar (x5-1313, Evan.Polisar@mail.house.gov) in my office.
Alcee L. Hastings
Member of Congress
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