Loading...

Problem Solvers Unveil Plan to Break Infrastructure Logjam

June 9, 2021 by Dan McCue
Problem Solvers Unveil Plan to Break Infrastructure Logjam
Toll Booths at the New Jersey Turnpike (Photo by Dan McCue)

WASHINGTON – The Problem Solvers Caucus released a new, $1.2 trillion infrastructure proposal Wednesday, aiming to break the partisan gridlock that has so far stymied any kind of deal between the White House and Capitol Hill.

The plan put forward by the bipartisan caucus was crafted by Reps. Conor Lamb, D-Pa., and John Katko, R-N.Y.

According to the 58-member group, the eight-year proposal “would address the enormous need for new infrastructure and the current backlog of deferred maintenance to build a strong, successful 21st Century infrastructure network for America, invest in American jobs, and grow the nation’s economy.”

Problem Solvers’ co-chair, Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., said his group was inspired to act by the belief that it’s critically important to get a robust infrastructure package signed into law with strong bipartisan support.

“The Problem Solvers Caucus framework — Building Bridges — does exactly that and tackles everything from electric vehicles to clean water to fixing our crumbling bridges, tunnels, roads, and rail. This is the model for how we should govern in Washington: Democrats and Republicans working together to find common ground,” Gottheimer said.

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., the Problem Solvers’ Republican co-chair, was equally emphatic that the time has come for Congress and the Biden administration to reach across the aisle, “and boost investments … that will move our transportation systems into the 21st century.”

“The Problem Solvers Caucus has worked tirelessly to put together this bipartisan framework that is both responsive to local needs and worthy of the public’s trust,” he continued. “Infrastructure investment can and will deliver real benefits to every American and additionally, has the unique power to unite us as a nation. An investment in our roads, rails, bridges, IT infrastructure, and electrical grid is an investment in our nation, our economy, and our families.”

The Building Bridges framework calls for funding the following key categories:

  • Highways, Roads, Safety, and Bridges
  • Designated Community Restoration Projects
  • Transit
  • Electric Vehicles and Buses
  • Amtrak, Passenger, and Freight Rail
  • Airports
  • Waterways and Ports
  • Resiliency Funds and Nature-based Infrastructure
  • Veterans’ Housing 
  • Broadband
  • Drinking-Water, Wastewater, and Western Water Storage 
  • Energy
  • Remediation of Superfund Sites
  • Asset Recycling

Read the Building Bridges Infrastructure Framework here and the Section-by-Section here.

“We are trying to rebuild America, for all Americans, and getting both parties on board means that our bridges, locks, dams, power lines, and vehicle chargers will get started and finished no matter who is in power. What matters most is getting this work done,” Lamb said.

Katko, meanwhile, a longtime champion of working across the aisle, stressed the bipartisan, consensus-driven nature of the proposal.

“Developed with both Democratic and Republican lawmakers, this framework contains truly bipartisan policies that can form the basis for a comprehensive package to modernize our nation’s infrastructure systems,” he said.

The endorsement of the proposal is the third proactive effort by the bipartisan group to help advance bipartisan infrastructure discussions. 

In April, the Caucus released the Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure report to help define the scope of a bipartisan infrastructure agreement and sent a letter to President Biden, Secretary Buttigieg, and Congressional leaders calling on them to promote a bipartisan path forward on infrastructure.

In The News

Health

Voting

Congress

February 3, 2023
by Dan McCue
Bipartisan Bill to Benefit ‘VetDogs’ Reintroduced

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan bill intended to benefit service dogs working with disabled veterans has been reintroduced by Rep. Patrick... Read More

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan bill intended to benefit service dogs working with disabled veterans has been reintroduced by Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C. H.R. 807, The Working Dog Commemorative Coin Act, would direct the Treasury Department to mint a three-coin commemorative series honoring the role working dogs... Read More

February 3, 2023
by Dan McCue
Comer Determined to Advance Inquiries Into Bidens, White House

WASHINGTON — Speaking before the National Press Club this week, House Oversight Chair James Comer, R-Ky., said his panel is... Read More

WASHINGTON — Speaking before the National Press Club this week, House Oversight Chair James Comer, R-Ky., said his panel is determined to press investigations into President Joe Biden and his family to ensure they did not illegally profit from relationships with China. “Unfortunately … I feel... Read More

February 2, 2023
by Dan McCue
McCarthy, Biden, Have ‘Good’ First Meeting on Debt Crisis 

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., emerged with a smile from an hour of highly anticipated budget talks with... Read More

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., emerged with a smile from an hour of highly anticipated budget talks with President Joe Biden on Wednesday, but gave no indication how quickly next steps will progress to avoid a default on the national debt. “The president and... Read More

February 2, 2023
by Dan McCue
House Votes to Boot Rep. Omar From Foreign Affairs Committee

WASHINGTON — The House voted largely along party lines to remove Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., from the Foreign Affairs Committee.... Read More

WASHINGTON — The House voted largely along party lines to remove Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., from the Foreign Affairs Committee. The resolution voted on Thursday cited a half dozen comments Omar had made between 2019 and 2021 that were deemed to be antisemitic. In the end,... Read More

February 2, 2023
by Dan McCue
Travel Group Urges White House, Congress to Take Steps to Boost Industry

WASHINGTON — The travel industry has made progress in recovering from the depths of the coronavirus pandemic, but a full... Read More

WASHINGTON — The travel industry has made progress in recovering from the depths of the coronavirus pandemic, but a full recovery won’t be achieved until the last COVID restrictions are lifted, including restrictions on travel from China, representatives of the U.S. Travel Association said on Thursday.... Read More

January 30, 2023
by Dan McCue
Kilmer Says Best Economic Returns Depend on Bipartisanship

WASHINGTON — Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., admits he initially found the notion slightly intimidating. Day after day as he arrived... Read More

WASHINGTON — Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., admits he initially found the notion slightly intimidating. Day after day as he arrived for work in the economic development office in Tacoma-Pierce County, Washington, he was greeted by a sign that said, “We are competing with everyone, everywhere, every... Read More

News From The Well