NLC Statement on the Passage of the Moving Forward Act
Following the passage of the Moving Forward Act in the House today, Joe Buscaino, Los Angeles Council President Pro Tempore and President, National League of Cities made the following statement:
"The National League of Cities applauds the passage of the House “Moving Forward Act”, which will make realistic investments across the country to recover from COVID-19, rebuild our essential infrastructure, and create critical jobs in a time of growing unemployment. Through our Rebuild With Us campaign, NLC has long called for a comprehensive approach to investing in our nation’s physical infrastructure – roads, bridges, water and broadband – and ensuring that is coupled with a robust investment in skills that will bolster our human capital infrastructure and ensure that we have workers ready and prepared to rebuild and reimagine. This bill is an important step forward towards making that a reality.
"Passing comprehensive infrastructure legislation is critical for the economic recovery efforts on-going in communities across the nation. Recent survey data from over 1,100 municipalities across the country found that 65% of cities are being forced to delay or completely cancel capital expenditures and infrastructure projects, which will stifle job growth and slow local economic activity.
"Congress should quickly bring both recovery and reinvestment bills to the President’s desk and take home good news about how they will step up for communities and reinvest in the economic capability of our country."
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