EPW OK’s Review of Major Infrastructure Improvements
Includes Carper-Voinovich Proposal to Improve America's Infrastructure
This infrastructure improvement bill is an important first step to revitalize America’s weakening infrastructure. Hurricane Katrina, alone, made evident the serious need for the repair and improvement of aging infrastructures and waterway systems. There is a $1.2 billion backlog of unfunded Army Corps of Engineers operation and maintenance projects.
“No nation can be prosperous without maintaining its fundamental infrastructure building blocks. Economic development and public safety hinge on upgrading our nation’s infrastructure, including enhanced transportation, water quality and flood controls,” said Sen. Carper. “As our federal budget constraints tighten, we must protect our communities’ current infrastructures and set priorities for future infrastructure investments.”
The Carper-Voinovich infrastructure provisions of the EPW bill mandate the:
- Establishment of a National Commission on the Infrastructure of the United States to ensure the nation’s infrastructure meets growing demands and facilitates economic growth;
- Completion of a study by February 2010 to address all matters relating to the state of the nation’s infrastructure, including: capacity of infrastructure improvements to sustain current and anticipated economic development; the age, condition and capacity of public infrastructure; repair and maintenance needs; financing methods; and investment requirements;
- Development of recommendations for a federal plan outlining infrastructure priorities; and
- Completion of a report to Congress by February 2010 that will detail infrastructure legislation deemed necessary for the next five, 15, 30 and 50 years.