Rebuild & Renew

May 19, 2017
Enewsletter

Dear Friends,

This week is Bike to Work Week and Infrastructure Week, where events around the country are highlighting the need to invest in rebuilding and renewing America, making our communities more livable. 

I’m leading the charge in Congress. I’ve introduced the following bills to fund and finance investments in infrastructure. This legislation will provide tax dollars and financial support to urban and rural communities, creating family-wage jobs, fighting climate change, and making our neighborhoods safe, healthy, and economically secure.   

     

  • H.R. 1647, the Water Infrastructure Trust Fund Act creates a dedicated source of revenue for investment in clean drinking water systems – important with communities from Portland, Oregon to Flint, Michigan who are struggling with lead contamination due to aging water infrastructure.

 

  • H.R. 960, the Public Buildings Renewal Act (with Rep. Mike Kelly) helps state and local governments invest in public buildings – like aging schools and courthouses – by lowering barriers to public private partnerships that can help finance needed projects.

 

  • H.R 1266, the Vision Zero Act addresses the carnage on our roads by giving local governments the tools to plan and implement comprehensive safety policies to end transportation-related fatalities and serious injurious. More than 40,000 people were killed in crashes last year. Let’s cut this number and save lives.

 

  • H.R. 1458, the RAISE IT Act would increase the federal gas tax for the first time in 24 years to catch up with inflation and important fuel efficiency improvements. With billions of dollars of unmet transit, road, and bridge maintenance that is costing us time and money, we need a more responsible funding approach than kicking the can down the road.

 

  • H.R. 1531, the Superfund Reinvestment Act would reauthorize and modernize the Superfund. This fund was established to tax major polluters and use the revenue to clean up our country’s most hazardous waste sites. Polluters must be held accountable. We shouldn’t place the burden of cleanup on the taxpayer.    

 

The federal government needs to step up and invest the resources necessary to improve our nation’s infrastructure. This will spur innovation, increase economic activity, create family-wage jobs and bring tremendous benefits to Oregon and our country for decades to come.

 

Courage, 

Earl Blumenauer

Member of Congress