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May 20,2009 - ASCE Letter - National Infrastructure Investment Act of 2009

May 20, 2009

The Honorable Rosa DeLauro
U.S. House of Representatives
2413 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative DeLauro:

I am writing on behalf of the more than 146,000 members of the American Society of
Civil Engineers (ASCE) to applaud your sponsorship of the National Infrastructure
Investment Act of 2009. This legislation is a major step forward in providing meaningful
financial assistance to the nation’s failing infrastructure. 

As you know, ASCE concluded in our 2009 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure that the nation’s infrastructure deserved an overall grade of “D.” We said then that
America’s aging and overburdened infrastructure threatens the economy and quality of
life in every state, city, and town in the nation. In addition, we estimated that it will take
an investment of $2.2 trillion over a five-year period to bring the nation's existing
infrastructure into good working order.

The creation of a National Infrastructure Development Bank to leverage public funds
with private dollars to invest in infrastructure-transportation, environment, energy and
telecommunications projects of significance could play a significant role in improving the
nation’s infrastructure. While the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
represented a major investment in the nation’s infrastructure, it is not enough. A
sustained effort is needed to repair and maintain the economically vital infrastructure
systems of the nation. This nation cannot afford to wait much longer to invest significant
sums in its infrastructure, and your bill will lead the way.

Please do not hesitate to contact Martin Hight, ASCE Senior Manager of Government
Relations, of our Washington office at 202-789-7843 or mhight@asce.org if we can be
of any assistance in passing this important legislation.

Sincerely,

D. Wayne Klotz, P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE
ASCE President