Senator Rob Portman
People across Ohio know that roads, bridges, railways, ports, waterways, airports, broadband networks, and other infrastructures in the countries we rely on every day need to be repaired and upgraded.
In February, the American Society of Civil Engineers awarded the country a “C-” for infrastructure. The Ohio Certificate reflects national performance on the “C-“. No wonder, then, that recent polls from CNBC and CBS News showed that 87% of the population supported bipartisan efforts to invest in our infrastructure.
Infrastructure upgrades are especially important for Ohio. The 123,000 mile long roads and highways connect the east coast to the Midwest. Lake Erie and the Ohio River harbor connect us to our Canadian neighbors and the Mississippi. And from Cleveland to Toledo, Youngstown, Columbus, Cincinnati and many in between, new innovation hubs across the state rely on ultra-fast broadband to stay connected to the Internet. Good infrastructure helps bring Ohio-grown crops to market and delivers Ohio-made vehicles to dealers and soldiers in need of Ohio-made tanks.
The good news is that Congress has groundbreaking bipartisan legislation to improve the lives of Ohio and all Americans by investing in these important infrastructure assets we rely on every day. That is. I worked on infrastructure investments and labor law with many non-partisan colleagues in the Senate. It provides $ 542 billion in unprecedented investments in core infrastructure needs and supports economic growth. Importantly, our bill makes this historic investment in infrastructure without raising taxes on hard-working American families and the companies that power our economy.
Infrastructure investment and employment legislation makes a real difference across Ohio by focusing on the top infrastructure needs that affect the state. We’re investing $ 110 billion in new spending to repair collapsing roads and bridges across the country, including about 18,000 bridges in disrepair. For northern Ohio communities that rely on Lake Erie for drinking and trading, our law improves lake health, provides safe drinking water, and provides ports like Toledo and Cleveland. Includes funding to fund upgrades for the surrounding community. The bill also calls for a heavy $ 65 billion investment in broadband infrastructure and affordability, which will improve access to medical, educational, and financial opportunities in rural areas and parts of Ohio. Favors poorly supplied communities in large cities.
These are just a few of the infrastructure investment and employment law initiatives, and the combined results are good for our state and our country. We are pleased to have our bill approved by a wide variety of stakeholders, including the US Chamber of Commerce, the AFL-CIO Building and Trade Council, the American Farm Bureau, and the National Federation of Cities.
Studies show that our bipartisan approach is a smart investment in long-term economic health, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs in various industries, boosting the economy, and over the next decade or more. Raise workers’ wages. This is an important investment in the US economy, not just in 2021, but in 2031, 2041, and the future. Economists agree that this type of long-term infrastructure investment will not add to the inflationary surge that drives up the prices of everyday goods such as gas and groceries.
Infrastructure investment and employment legislation is good for Ohio and our country. Our children and grandchildren are grateful for the down payment to help build the high quality American infrastructure we need today and tomorrow. The House of Representatives, under the leadership of the Senate, must pass the bill immediately with its own benefits. Then you can sign the bill and start helping the Ohio community.
Rob Portman (R-OH) is a Senator in Ohio. He can be reached at 1-202-224-3353. The perspective expressed in the article is the work of the author. Daily Advocate does not endorse these perspectives or the author’s independent activities.