January 31, 2008
Senator Ron Wyden
223 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
Dear Senator Wyden:
During floor consideration today of the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 Senators Ron Wyden (DOR),
John Thune (R-SD), Christopher Dodd (D-CT) and Richard Shelby (R-AL) will offer an
amendment to provide an additional $5 billion in revenue for the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) to
be spent on ready-to-go transportation projects to help stimulate the economy. On behalf of the
more than 140,000 members of the American Society of Civil Engineers, we urge you to support
the Wyden-Thune-Dodd-Shelby amendment.
Congress has an unequaled opportunity to begin to correct the problem of under-investment in
basic public works systems aimed at maintaining the public health and safety and harnessing
the enormous power of our economy. In 2005, ASCE reported that America was falling behind
in its investment in our infrastructure to an alarming degree. In fact, ASCE’s 2005 Report Card
for America’s Infrastructure gave the nation’s infrastructure an overall grade of “D” due to this
This type of investment will pay huge dividends now and in the future. It has been estimated
that for each $1 billion in new infrastructure investment, the economy creates 47,000 jobs. In
addition to the short-term benefits of invigorating the national economy, a greater federal
commitment to infrastructure investment would boost the nation’s productive capacity by
providing the infrastructure necessary to support growth.
An infusion of federal transportation spending in the first quarter of this year would have a direct
stimulus effect by putting hard working people back to work. The American Association of State
Highway and Transportation Officials has identified 3,027 transportation projects in 47 states
that are ready to start construction within 90 days. Please support the Wyden-Thune-Dodd-
Shelby amendment to provide real economic stimulus.
If ASCE can be of any further assistance to your office in this matter, please do not hesitate to
contact Brian Pallasch at (202) 789-7842.
David G. Mongan, P.E., F.ASCE