Beyond resistance: Rebuilding and renewing America

August 20, 2017

Dear Friends,

It is the 23rd day of my email series, “Beyond Resistance: The things we should do to make us safer, healthier, and more economically secure.” Today’s topic: rebuilding and renewing America.

One of the few areas of agreement in American politics is the need for dramatic investment in rebuilding and renewing America. No wonder. America is literally falling apart while we are falling behind our international competitors. One of the major problems is that we are trying to meet the challenges of infrastructure in 2017 with 1993 funding. The gas tax has not been increased in 24 years, and the federal partnership is not being maintained with our state and local communities and the private sector. I have introduced the first gas tax increase since 1994. My legislation would raise the gas tax, index the gas tax to inflation, and then replace the gas tax with a more sustainable and equitable funding system for the future.

Our needs are not just roads, bridges, transit, and bikeways – what’s under the surface is in worse condition than what’s on the surface. I’ve introduced legislation that will establish a dedicated water infrastructure trust fund to invest in safe drinking water systems so there aren’t more communities that face dangerous levels of lead in their drinking water. Our inland waterways, electrical grid, schools, and other public buildings are too in need of serious attention, funding, and a vision for planning and constructing more effectively.

I have assembled a broad coalition of supporters who understand that the quickest way to create millions of family wage jobs for a wide range of skillsets is to deal with the funding and the vision. It is a priority we can all support and one that I’m committed to ensuring aggressive action in this Congress.

I welcome your thoughts, ideas, and opinions. You can connect with me here

Earl Blumenauer
Member of Congress