O’Halleran Responds to Introduction of House Infrastructure Plan

January 30, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, following yesterday's House Energy and Commerce, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Ways and Means Committees' announcement of a new $760 billion infrastructure plan to address failing roads, bridges, water systems, transit programs, and broadband deployment across America, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) released the following statement:

“Our nation’s infrastructure is crumbling. Arizonans drive on some of the most dangerous roads in America; across the First District, countless critical road and bridge projects await completion, putting families at risk on their commutes every single day.

“It is long past time for Congress to take concrete action on infrastructure. I am pleased to see that this new outline makes significant investments in rural and tribal communities, including expansions of broadband deployment programs, rural water and wastewater infrastructure, bridges, and roads.”

Specific initiatives in the outline include:

  • a $40 billion investment in the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to support infrastructure to provide clean water in rural communities;
  • an $86 billion investment in broadband infrastructure to expand 21st century technology to unserved and underserved communities;
  • a $10 billion investment to address the Army Corps of Engineers project backlog;
  • a $21 billion investment in the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to provide clean water infrastructure for vulnerable communities and tribal communities;
  • a $38 billion investment in clean energy, including funding for electric grid modernization to expand renewable energy, improving efficiency and resiliency;
  • and a $12 billion investment in next generation 9-1-1 systems to support first responders and emergency personnel.

“Rural America provides for urban America,” said O’Halleran. “I am pleased to see that this proposal does not put rural America on the backburner and I look forward to advocating for additional funding for rural and tribal communities in my district as the legislative initiatives outlined in this proposal make their way through committee.”

O’Halleran, who serves as Policy Co-Chair for the House Blue Dog Coalition, led a letter to House Democratic leadership early last year requesting infrastructure initiatives be tackled during the 116th Congress as a key legislative priority.

“Delivering a bipartisan infrastructure package for rural America will require collaboration on both sides of the aisle in both chambers of Congress, and with the White House, as well as individual member partnerships with state and local governments in our districts,” continued O’Halleran. “This proposal is a valuable opportunity to open discussions and begin the process of taking action on our national infrastructure, and I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Energy and Commerce Committee to create a bipartisan plan that elevates rural America, creates good-paying jobs, and works to close the digital divide.”