Labor leaders and Congressional Members voiced bipartisan support for swift action on massive federal infrastructure investment
WASHINGTON—Today, North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) and the Congressional Building Trades Caucus led a press conference on the steps of the Capitol calling for action to move critical, and much needed, infrastructure legislation through Congress.
“America’s decline in and lack of infrastructure investment is jeopardizing safety and public health, stunting long-term economic growth, weakening national security and forsaking millions of well-paying jobs for Americans,” said NABTU President Sean McGarvey. “NABTU stood today with the Building Trades Caucus and many members of Congress because all of us know the time for bipartisan action is now. Today’s event showed there is the political will and bipartisan support to do it. Congress and the President must act to invest in our communities now.”
Congressional Building Trades Caucus co-chairs, Congressmen Donald Norcross (D-NJ-01) and David B. McKinley P.E. (R-WV-01), kicked-off the event stressing that a bipartisan infrastructure package represents the best opportunity to create millions of family-sustaining building trades careers, while enhancing America’s economic competitiveness. Ironworkers General President Eric Dean and IUPAT General President Kenneth Rigmaiden spoke with President McGarvey at the event. Congressional members – Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA), Rep. Michael Bost (R-IL), Rep. Connor Lamb (D-PA), Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Rep. Max Rose (D-NY), and Rep. Brendan Boyle – also voiced their support of robust, long-term, infrastructure investment at the event.
The press conference highlighted the dilapidated state of America’s infrastructure and demanded bipartisan legislative action now to address it with a $2 trillion investment package. Speakers laid out how the investment must be broad in scope with the strongest worker standards to ensure we safely build and rebuild America, while economically boosting communities across the nation.
The event starts at 1:44 on NABTU’s Facebook Live video, click here to view it.
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