Opinion: Congress is Talking About a Bipartisan Effort to Pass a Meaningful Infrastructure Bill

By Don Wallis

This would be a welcome change from the on-going “palace intrigue” we have become accustomed to in Washington.

The Christmas recess is a momentary ceasefire in the three-way war between Republicans, Democrats, and the White House. When it’s over, scandal-mongering by all sides is expected to consume the majority of the time and energy of our elected officials in Washington.

There is hope, however, for the passage of at least one piece of significant legislation in the up-coming term. Members on both sides of the aisle in Congress and President Trump agree that upgrading the country’s infrastructure is essential.

As Ted Mann explains in his article, It May Be Time to Build Bridges in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, the country desperately needs Washington to provide funds and devise a system that allows the federal government, in conjunction with state and local government, as well as private investors, to “upgrade…the nation’s road, rail and energy infrastructure.”

People, or more specifically people who vote, have been telling their elected officials for years that infrastructure revitalization is a national imperative that requires a long-term bipartisan solution.

According to Mr. Mann, this is an issue almost all elected officials in Washington want to be able to tell their constituents they support. Only a few naysayers appear to be concerned about the significant increase in federal debt infrastructure repair would require.

But jobs in the short-term are at present more important to voters than national debt and no one in Congress want to appear to be a post-Christmas Grinch.

Senator Susan Collins (R., Maine) expresses the sentiment of most legislators. “The declining quality of infrastructure is ‘creating a serious threat to our economy and safety…I have long believed that an infrastructure package could be an avenue for bipartisanship and deliver positive, lasting results.’”

Let’s hope Congress and the White House surprise themselves and us by passing meaningful infrastructure legislation.

Source—

It May Be Time to Build Bridges, Ted Mann, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, Tuesday, December 4, 2018.

Don Wallis has more than 40 years experience in residential and commercial construction, and land development. He also has a law degree and currently teaches Environmental Law at Santa Fe Community College.