Washington, D.C. – July 1, 2021 – North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) President Sean McGarvey issued the following statement commending the passage of the INVEST in America Act:
“Today, the House took an important step towards enacting a bold, broad-based, bipartisan infrastructure package with the passage of the INVEST in America Act. As has been proven time and time again, broad and robust infrastructure investment is the core foundation for sustained economic growth. The over $700 billion in funding provided for roads, bridges, transit, rail, clean water and drinking water systems is the type of scale we desperately need to upgrade our nation’s outdated and crumbling infrastructure.
“The INVEST in America Act ensures strong prevailing wage coverage for building trades members, and will provide training opportunities for those seeking a career in construction – especially women, communities of color, military veterans, and the formerly incarcerated – through our gold-standard Registered Apprenticeship system.
“NABTU represents the safest, most highly-skilled construction workforce in the world, and our members stand ready to do their part to effectively, and inclusively, Build Back Better.
“We applaud Chairman DeFazio and Chairman Pallone for their leadership in getting this key piece of legislation passed, and look forward to continuing to work Members of the House and Senate to deliver a bill to President Biden’s desk as soon as possible.”