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February 10, 2011 - ASCE Letter - National Infrastructure Investment Act of 2011

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February 9, 2011

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 140,000 members of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) to applaud your sponsorship of H.R 402, the National Infrastructure Investment Act of 2011. ASCE is pleased to support this important legislation and we look forward to working with you in the new Congress.

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 could play a significant role in improving the nation’s infrastructure. As President Obama stated in the most recent State of the Union address, we cannot build the economy of the future with yesterday’s failing infrastructure. 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,

Kathy J. Caldwell, P.E., F.ASCE
President