House Speaker Nancy Pelosi addresses the TCC Fly-In. (Luiza Carson photo)
By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA
America is at “a pivotal moment” to pass broad and historic infrastructure legislation, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) May 14 told the Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) Fly-In.
“We have a special opportunity now because the needs are so great,” Pelosi said. “We just want to roll up our sleeves, and three words: Build. Build. Build.”
Watch a video of Pelosi’s speech at the TCC.
Pelosi, following an April 30 meeting with President Donald Trump and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), is aiming for a $2 trillion package that funds roads, bridges, and transit, as well as water systems and rural broadband.
“We could spend $4 trillion or $5 trillion, but $2 trillion is a start,” she said.
The challenge remains how to pay for the package. Pelosi did not address that key issue at the TCC meeting. The congressional leaders and the president are tentatively scheduled to meet again May 22.
“The good news is the president is committed to getting this done,” Pelosi said. “We just have to stick with the program. I’m confident that it will happen.”
U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), the ranking member of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, and a bipartisan panel from the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, also addressed the TCC. The panel, shown below left to right, included Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.); Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (D-Ill.); Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D-Iowa); and Rep. Peter A. Stauber (R-Minn.).