The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) announced Tuesday their support for the Partnership to Build America Act (H.R. 2084). In May, Congressman Delaney introduced the bipartisan Partnership to Build America Act, with 13 Republican and 13 Democratic co-sponsors. At zero cost to the taxpayer, provides financing for up to $750 billion to states and local governments for infrastructure investment.
"The support of the American Society of Civil Engineers for the Partnership to Build America Act is important, because their expertise carries weight in Washington," said Congressman Delaney. "When we want a sound bridge, we hire a civil engineer, and if we want sound infrastructure policy, we should listen to the American Society of Civil Engineers. The ASCE is widely recognized as an expert, non-biased, non-partisan, voice on infrastructure. Along with my 26 co-sponsors on both sides of the aisle, I thank the ASCE for their support. Our infrastructure needs are immense and it's time for us to work together in Congress to find a solution."
In a letter of support released Tuesday, ASCE President Gregory E. DiLoreto, P.E., P.L.S., D.WRE, wrote:
"The Partnership to Build America Act allows for additional funding for the nation's critical transportation, energy, communications, water, and education infrastructure. By creating an infrastructure fund using repatriated corporate earnings, as well as through the use of public-private partnerships, the legislation is creating another innovative financing source for our nation's infrastructure. It will take innovative financing, to work in partnership with more traditional funding mechanisms in order to raise the grades for our nation's infrastructure. ASCE strongly supports The Partnership to Build America Act and looks forward to working with Congress to see the bill through to final passage."
In March, the ASCE released their 2013 Report Card for America's Infrastructure, which gave the U.S. a D+ infrastructure grade. Maryland received a C+ grade. On Thursday, Delaney will participate in a conference call with ASCE members.
The Partnership to Build America Act is co-sponsored by the following members: Andy Barr (KY-6), Ami Bera (CA-7), John Carney (DE-AL), Tom Cole (OK-4), Gerry Connolly (VA-11), Rodney Davis (IL-13), Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8), Tulsi Gabbard (HI-2), Joe Garcia (FL-26), Chris Gibson (NY-19), Bill Johnson (OH-6), Dave Joyce (OH-14), Joe Kennedy (MA-4), Ron Kind (WI-3), Adam Kinzinger (IL-16), Luke Messer (IN-6), Jim Moran (VA-8), Patrick Murphy (FL-18), Scott Peters (CA-52), Robert Pittenger (NC-9), Jared Polis (CO-2), Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-2), Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-9), Steve Stivers (OH-15), Mike Turner (OH-10), and Ted Yoho (FL-3).