By Lauren Schapker, vice president of legislative affairs, ARTBA

President Joe Biden and Senate leaders continue to position infrastructure as an engine of economic recovery with Congress expected to shift its focus from pandemic-related relief measures in coming weeks. 

Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris Feb. 17 hosted labor leaders in the Oval Office to discuss infrastructure—the second meeting on the topic in a week. 

“We are so far behind the curve… everything from canals to highways to airports to — everything we can do, and we need to do, to make ourselves competitive in the 21st century,” Biden said. 

At the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee Chair Tom Carper (D-Del.) announced plans to hold a Feb. 24 hearing on investing in transportation.  Carper recently set a goal of completing the highway portions of a multi-year surface transportation bill by Memorial Day.  Three other Senate committees also have their respective jurisdiction over the legislation. 

ARTBA will provide a summary report of the EPW hearing in next week’s Newsline.