With our energy grids failing, our sewers leaking, our roads crumbling, and interest rates at historically low levels, now is the time to reinvest in America. Even in the depths of the Great Depression, we invested money into public works that led to the post-war economic expansion. Infrastructure investments spur economic development by making areas safe and attractive for new businesses, while simultaneously creating thousands of jobs. Research conducted by the World Bank indicates a 10 percent increase in infrastructure spending directly leads to a 1 percent increase in GDP.
I believe there is a critical need for Congress to address our country’s crumbling infrastructure. America requires a robust transportation infrastructure to compete in the global economy, and the current state of our roads, bridges, and railroads reflects decades of neglect. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) reports that more than 25% of bridges in the United States either need significant repairs or are handling more traffic than they were originally designed to carry. In addition 32% of America’s major roads are in poor or mediocre condition, costing U.S. motorists who are traveling on deficient pavement $67 billion a year. The Federal Highway Administration estimates that these poor road conditions play a role in more than 14,300 traffic fatalities annually.
That is why I supported the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which was signed into law by President Obama on in December of 2015. I voted in favor this legislation, which provides $281 billion in funding and reauthorizing highway, bridge, transportation safety, and public transit projects for the next five years. It is time for Congress to stop passing short-term extensions and give our state and local governments the tools and the stability they need to move infrastructure projects forward. Too many communities are suffering from aging roads and bridges and I am pleased that this bill will provide the first step to rebuilding our country’s transportation portals and help put Americans back to work.
I am extremely happy to have had the opportunity to assist the City of Akron in receiving a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant in 2016. This program affords state and local governments to apply for federal investment in our nation’s roads, rails, and ports. While simultaneously improving infrastructure, the TIGER grant program serves as an important component for job creation and economic development across the nation. The TIGER grant helped Akron make enhancements to major connections within Akron’s downtown area, and provide support for both local and global businesses located in the Akron downtown. Akron is quickly becoming a global hub of innovation, attracting international biomedical technologies and companies that are looking for help in commercializing their produces and expanding into a global market and this TIGER will help the City of Akron continue to move forward and grow.
As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I understand the importance of the continuing fight for our infrastructure’s needs. From this position, I will continue my efforts ensuring that our transportation and infrastructure systems our effective and safely serve the American people.
More on Infrastructure
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) released the following statement after President Biden delivered a joint address to Congress highlighting the important work his Administration is doing to help Americans recover after the global health and economic crisis we have faced over the past year as well as the steps he’s taking to build back better and put our country on the right track for generations to come.
The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) plans to advance surface transportation authorization legislation later this spring, building on H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, from the 116th Congress. Chairman Peter DeFazio announced that the T&I Committee will formally accept requests for projects from House Members.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today appeared before the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to advocate for the priorities of Ohio to be included in the American Jobs Plan.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Tim Ryan highlights the urgent needs of Ohio’s infrastructure and how the President’s infrastructure plan will help Ohio address those needs. Information provided by the White House details the number of bridges and miles of road in Ohio that are in poor condition, the percentage of households without access to broadband, and the billions of dollars needed to upgrade the state’s water infrastructure.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) released the following statement after two productive calls yesterday in which he advocated separately to Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm and Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg for Ohio’s workers and businesses to lead the clean energy economy.
Youngstown, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) issued the following statement today in support of President Biden’s Infrastructure Proposal unveiled in a speech today in Pittsburgh, PA.
Akron, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announced a $125,000 Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant that will be used for broadband infrastructure in Summit County. This funding was provided under the CARES Act, which allotted $1.5 billion for the EDA for economic development assistance programs to help communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announces the *estimated* $11.24 billion in funding allocated across the state of Ohio in the American Rescue Plan Act. Ohio funding includes an estimated $5.9 billion that will go directly to the state government of Ohio and $5.32 billion that will go directly to local governments across Ohio. Funding under the package, which is expected to be signed into law today by President Biden, is more flexible than funding in previous packages.
Akron, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) announces $450,000 for the Akron Metro Regional Transit Authority to improve transit service in areas of persistent poverty. This funding has been made available through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Helping Obtain Prosperity for Everyone (HOPE) Program.
Akron, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) issued the following statement today to applaud the Akron Executive Airport (formally the Akron-Fulton Airport) for securing a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant to enhance airport safety and infrastructure. Project construction is estimated to cost $3.2 million and is scheduled to take place next Spring.