Two Trillion Reasons
May 3, 2019
Infrastructure Week Part 52: More Infrastructurey
by Joe Aiello | Northeast Field Coordinator
“I've got 100 resolutions
But I've got no solutions”
The Lawrence Arms
First there was “Infrastructure Week”. Then there was “Infrastructure Week”. Followed up by a new “Infrastructure Week”. We could have 52 different “infrastructure weeks” and the story would be the same in this country - a whole lot of talk and little to no action. All while our rail, bridges, and roads all continue to crumble. In his State of the Union address earlier this year, President Trump told Congress that an infrastructure bill was "not an option" but "a necessity".
It is time for the White House and Congressional leadership to step up. Not next week, next month, or after the next election. Now. As in yesterday.
This morning, Chairman @RepPeterDeFazio testified in front of the @WaysMeansCmte regarding the need for immediate action to fix our crumbling infrastructure. We need investment in our infrastructure and that’s the bottom line. pic.twitter.com/y6MSpRr8gc— Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (@TransportDems) March 6, 2019
House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR) has taken on the call and testified on what we need to spend today due to decades of underinvestment. Our Association has been beating the drum on this topic for years. See our United States of Underinvestment map here.
Then we need to invest in our infrastructure. NOW.
The news this week that President Trump and Congress have agreed, in principal, to invest $2 trillion in our infrastructure is welcoming - but stop me if you have heard this one before...
Join our conversation on Facebook and tell us what projects you want to see funded.
"On behalf of Amtrak’s onboard service staff, I want to thank the Rail Passengers Association for honoring their hard work with this award. The past couple years have indeed been difficult for Amtrak onboard service staff – coping with furloughs and job insecurity, adapting to changing protocols and services, not to mention the unfortunate events such as a tragic derailment and a fatal shooting. Nevertheless, our dedicated members at Amtrak have handled these hurdles with the care, attention and diligence for which they’re known. We thank Rail Passengers for their acknowledgement of our members’ hard work and, as always, look forward to seeing you on the rails."
Arthur Maratea, TCU/IAM National President
December 21, 2021, on the Association awarding its 2021 Golden Spike Award to the Frontline Amtrak Employees.