Senators Portman (R-OH), Sinema (D-AZ) and Representatives Katko (R-NY), Gottheimer (D-NJ) recognized for efforts to pass bipartisan federal infrastructure bill.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) today awarded honorary fellowships to four members of Congress for their efforts to pass the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), including Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Representative John Katko (R-NY) and Representative Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ).
The IIJA was signed into law last November after months of negotiations between both parties and the White House. The legislation provides $550 billion in new federal infrastructure investments over the next five years, marking the country’s largest investment in infrastructure in nearly a century. The IIJA also addresses all 17 categories in ASCE’s 2021 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure.
“These four members of Congress worked tirelessly for months across party lines to iron out the many details of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and fight for its final passage” said Dennis D. Truax, ASCE President 2022. “They recognized that the United States cannot remain economically competitive and American communities cannot thrive without significant federal investment in bridges, water pipes, the electric grid, and other critical infrastructure assets.”
All Honorary Fellows were presented their awards this week in conjunction with ASCE’s Annual Legislative Fly-in on Capitol Hill at the Hyatt Regency. Please contact Cathy Gillen to receive photos.
About the American Society of Civil Engineers
Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 150,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America's oldest national engineering society. ASCE works to raise awareness of the need to maintain and modernize the nation's infrastructure using sustainable and resilient practices, advocates for increasing and optimizing investment in infrastructure, and improve engineering knowledge and competency. For more information, visit www.asce.org or www.infrastructurereportcard.org and follow us on Twitter, @ASCETweets and @ASCEGovRel.