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A letter from ACEC National Chair Robin Greenleaf: A Great Day for Our Industry11/06/2021
Good morning! I am pleased to inform you that the House has just voted to pass the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act by a vote of 228 to 206, with 13 Republicans voting in favor of the package. This represents the final vote in a long process to secure passage of this landmark legislation. The House vote will send the bill to the President for his signature.
Passage of this legislation represents a victory for the country, and a victory for our industry. ACEC has been heavily engaged since the onset of the pandemic to secure passage of an infrastructure-based economic recovery package, and the House vote was the culmination of that long effort. I want to congratulate the entire ACEC team from ACEC National to all of our Member Organizations for a great win. And I know ACEC President Linda Bauer Darr joins me in acknowledging and thanking ACEC’s Senior VP for Advocacy, Steve Hall, and his advocacy team who have worked tirelessly toward this goal for years.
Immediately following passage of the bill Linda released the following statement on behalf of ACEC:
“Last week, the leaders of America’s engineering firms gathered for our annual Fall Conference. During the week-long event, one topic dominated the discussion: when will Congress act on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act? Today, we finally have an answer.
“The House approved a historic bipartisan investment in American infrastructure – an investment that will move this country into the future.
“Americans everywhere deserve safe drinking water, secure and efficient energy sources, and reliable bridges and roads that are resilient against today’s cyber, extreme weather, and climate challenges. America’s engineering firms take these goals and turn aspiration into reality. This bill will provide the funding necessary to improve lives today and unlock our potential for a brighter tomorrow.”
I wanted to draw your attention to the following Republicans who voted in favor of the bill: Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE), Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Rep. Andrew Garbarino (R-NY), Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH), Rep. John Katko (R-NY), Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY), Rep. David McKinley (R-WV), Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY), Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ), and Rep. Don Young (R-AK).
I also wanted to highlight for you the following Democrats who opposed the bill: Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).
Thank you for being a part of the ACEC family. Passage of this historic legislation is yet another example of what we can accomplish working together.
Have a great week,
ACEC Board Chair