Join NLC and Send an Infrastructure Letter to Congress
As we emerge from the federal government shutdown and head toward the State of the Union address on February 5th, NLC’s leadership has sent a letter to the White House and to Congressional leadership asking that they prioritize a bipartisan infrastructure package. As a local leader, we are asking you to join us in sending your own letter to Congress asking them to move an infrastructure package that can help cities. Below is a draft letter for you to personalize and send to your three Members of Congress. We recommend that you send this letter as soon as possible either by email to their staff who you know or via their online portals. If you share your letter via Twitter, tag @leagueofcities for a retweet!
[Month] [Day], 2019
The Honorable [First Name] [Last Name]
[City, State and ZIP Code]
Dear [Senator/Representative] [Last Name]:
As a leader in the City of [City, State] and the National League of Cities, I am writing today to ask for your commitment to address one of our country’s most pressing challenges—rebuilding America’s infrastructure. As we emerge from an extended partial government shutdown and return to a working, stable federal government, I’m joining leaders from the 19,000 cities, towns and villages across the country calling on our federal leaders to not repeat this crisis and to work in a bipartisan manner to pass comprehensive legislation that rebuilds and reimagines America’s infrastructure in partnership with local governments.
Infrastructure investments are the foundation that connects us as a country, improves the quality of life for our residents, supports jobs for thousands of workers, strengthens our nation’s economic competitiveness, and keeps our communities safe. Unfortunately, the federal partnership for infrastructure investments has eroded over the last two decades, putting America at risk of falling behind on an ever-increasing list of potential hazards that undermine our economy and threaten our standard of living. Today, our transportation network is a knot of congestion and disrepair, our broadband lags behind other countries and families drink from bottled water in the absence of safe tap water. Moving a bipartisan infrastructure package would demonstrate to the country that Congress is focused on delivering results that will improve the daily lives of our constituents.
Cities like mine will continue doing our share, but it is time for Congress to act and rebuild with us. Across the country, much of our infrastructure is at a breaking point. We need a strong federal-local partnership to upgrade the 100-year old leaking pipes, to replace the 50-year old crumbling bridges and to install modern and resilient solutions for the next 100 years. Congress must prioritize a long-term infrastructure plan early in 2019 that will work holistically to improve our nation’s water, broadband, and transportation systems and create well-paying jobs for our nation’s workforce that will build and maintain these important assets.
For our economy and for our future, addressing America’s infrastructure challenges is a shared priority in 2019. We look forward to meeting with you soon to discuss how we can work together.