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      Biden, Buttigieg, Klobuchar and Steyer Discuss Plans for America’s Infrastructure Future at Candidate Forum, Co-Hosted by ASCE

      February 17, 2020

      First-ever presidential candidate forum on infrastructure was moderated by The Wall Street Journal, hosted by United for Infrastructure, on the UNLV campus. 

      LAS VEGAS, Nev.  On Sunday, presidential candidates Vice President Joe Biden, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Senator Amy Klobuchar and businessman Tom Steyer discussed the future of the nation's infrastructure at " Moving America Forward: A Presidential Candidate Forum on Infrastructure, Jobs, and Building a Better America." The event, hosted by the nonpartisan nonprofit organization United for Infrastructure , of which the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is a host committee member, was the first-ever presidential candidate forum focused on infrastructure issues and was held on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). All the leading candidates from both parties were invited to participate in the forum.

      The forum was moderated by The Wall Street Journal's Executive Washington Editor Jerry Seib and Deputy Washington Bureau Chief Jeanne Cummings and included questions from voters from Nevada and across the nation. Candidates were asked how their infrastructure agendas will improve communities, strengthen the economy, create jobs and promote safety and national security. The candidates discussed how infrastructure affects every American's life: access to jobs, education and health care; withstanding climate change and resilient systems that increasingly face environmental disasters, fires, and drought; how our country can stay globally competitive and more. They also focused on the importance of modernizing our current infrastructure systems while building new and smarter infrastructure.

       "Today's conversation with the presidential candidates on critical issues facing every American from wastewater and drinking water infrastructure to fixing the Highway Trust Fund demonstrated that there is clear recognition of infrastructure as a priority for the next Administration and the American people," said Tom Smith, ASCE Executive Director. "Our nation is at a crossroads. Deteriorating infrastructure is not only impeding our ability to compete in a thriving economy, but it is also holding back advances to prepare us for the future. Each American family is losing [1]$3,400 in disposable income each year - more than $9 a day - due to poor infrastructure. Modernizing our infrastructure is one of the only areas today where there is bipartisan agreement, and Americans were finally able to hear from the candidates on their ideas to modernize our roads and bridges, water systems, electric grid and more. We are thrilled many of the candidates have plans devoted to infrastructure and we look forward to working with our nation's current and future leaders- in a bipartisan manner- to modernize our infrastructure and ensure that our country is sustainable, resilient, innovative and globally competitive."

      The host committee for the forum included the American Society of Civil Engineers; International the Union of Operating Engineers; Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO; North America's Building Trades Unions; Transport Workers Union of America; American Public Transportation Association; American Council of Engineering Companies; American Road and Transportation Builders Association; Value of Water Campaign; Association of Equipment Manufacturers; Airports Council International-North America; and Build Together. 

      A recent poll of voters in key swing states found broad support for infrastructure: 89% of voters agree that infrastructure is a unique opportunity for politicians to set aside partisan debates and actually work together to get something done, and 68% think politicians in Washington devote too little attention to providing clean air and water to the next generation and repairing our roads, bridges and public transportation system. 91% support bold federal investment over the next decade to rebuild and modernize America's infrastructure. Support for a national infrastructure plan is consistent across demographic groups, including rural and suburban voters.

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      More information about the forum and United for Infrastructure is available at https://infrastructureforum.org/ .  Follow United for Infrastructure on Twitter at @United4Infra

      United for Infrastructure SM is a 501 [c][4]. More atwww.unitedforinfrastructure.org .

      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.

      ABOUT UNITED FOR INFRASTRUCTURE

      United for Infrastructure is a 501(c)(4) non-partisan, non-profit institution dedicated to educating the public and policymakers about the importance of America's infrastructure. United for Infrastructure annually convenes the national Infrastructure Week , a week of advocacy and education that engages millions of Americans on the importance of investing in our nation's roads, bridges, tunnels, water systems, energy grid and more. Read more about United for Infrastructure and its projects .