October 8, 2020

Federal Action Agenda

America’s infrastructure problems cannot wait. Our transportation network is a knot of congestion and disrepair, our broadband and connectivity lags behind the rest of the world, families drink from bottled water in the absence of safe tap water, and all the while, federal partnership for infrastructure has faltered, allowing America to fall behind an ever-increasing demand. 

Cities, towns and villages are calling on Congress to Rebuild With Us – it is past time to reimagine and reinvest in America’s infrastructure. Communities are leading the way, addressing urgent needs right now and utilizing technologies and available resources to modernize and build for the future.  

But we cannot do it alone. Congress must partner with cities, towns and villages and invest in a vision for America’s infrastructure that will serve communities and residents for the next 100 years.  

Action and Legislation

  • FAST Act Transportation Reauthorization 
  • Every few years, Congress reexamines the nation’s transportation plans to see how they can be updated to better fund and prioritize the needs of residents. The last bill, the Fixing Americas Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2016, will expire at the end of September 2020, and the nation’s transportation Trust Fund could be depleted as soon as 2021. We need a long-term infrastructure plan that works holistically to improve our nation’s water, broadband, and transportation systems while also investing in the skills training for an equipped workforce that can maintain, build, and strengthen our infrastructure. 
  • Investment in Water Infrastructure 
    NLC calls on Congress to cosponsor and pass the bipartisan Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act. The bill would reauthorize and increase funding for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) programan essential tool for communities to provide clean and safe water for residents and businesses. Given our nation’s growing wastewater infrastructure needs, we must make substantial investments to repair and replace our nation’s aging water infrastructure. 
  • Support H.R. 2831/S. 1517 Building U.S. Infrastructure by Leveraging Demands for Skills Act (BUILDS Act) 
  • In just two years, 4.6 million additional trained workers are projected to be needed to keep pace with the current hiring demands in the infrastructure sector alone. NLC calls on Congress to cosponsor and pass the bicameral BUILDS Act which invests in work-based learning programs and support services within the infrastructure sector. 

Resources

  • Cities 2020 Transportation Priorities 
    Local leaders are committed to playing a larger role in rebuilding America’s infrastructure collaboratively with our regional, state and federal partners. We are asking Congress to set a transportation vision for the next few years, establish a funding strategy for the future and rebuild with communities now.  2020 is a critical backdrop for a national conversation about mobility and transportation.
  • Missing Infrastructure Tools For Cities 
    Through no fault of their own, cities could lose out on critical infrastructure funding simply because they do not have access to “self-help” tools. 
  • Rebuild with Us 
    Cities are leading the way on America’s infrastructure challenges and solutions, by building intermodal, sustainable and interconnected infrastructure networks that support a modern economy. But there are limits to what we can accomplish alone. Cities, towns and villages are calling on Congress to Rebuild with Us – America’s communities and residents need additional resources and partnership to improve our nation’s infrastructure. 
  • https://www.nlc.org/sites/default/files/2019-02/Rebuild%20With%20Us%20Brief%202019.pdf
  • Fixing Funding by the Mile: A Primer and Analysis of Road User Charge Systems 
    Mobility is central to individual prosperity, commerce and the growth of communities. When it comes to city streets, commuter highways, rail lines and ports, cities need transportation networks that run like clockwork. But the costs of congestion and maintenance backlogs are ever-growing, and the funding model the nation uses is not keeping pace with our needs.