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ASA Urges the Senate to Pass the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)

ASA joined 100 organizations urging the Senate to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill referred to as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which represents an opportunity to provide meaningful economic and quality of life enhancements to communities across the country and to build for the future.  The investments made in the Senate package would facilitate long overdue repairs and improvements to our roads, bridges, rail, and public transportation systems, as well as investing in airports, ports, broadband, and water systems.   The bipartisan IIJA would have far-reaching benefits creating new jobs through project construction in the short term, and provide improved safety, mobility, and quality of life for decades to come.  Taken together, the range of improved outcomes for all residents and businesses would help ensure a sound recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.  By including a five-year reauthorization of federal highway, public transportation, and passenger rail programs, the agreement would also ensure states and localities have much-needed funding and policy certainty to proceed with planned projects.  These programs are currently operating under an extension set to expire September 30th, underscoring the need for prompt Senate action.