The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA), a member of Infrastructure Working Group (IWG), joined with a broad collection of associations in a letter to Senate leaders urging passage of the America’s Transportation and Infrastructure Act.
“NWRA is proud to support the Infrastructure Working Group and its call for passage of a long-term solution to our infrastructure needs. I believe a robust investment in our infrastructure will make our roads and bridges safer, reduce transportation costs and make us more competitive globally,” said Darrell Smith, NWRA president and CEO, in a statement.
The IWG has called for a federal infrastructure package that accomplishes six key principles:
- Significantly increase direct federal investments in infrastructure.
- Fix chronic challenges and address reoccurring shortages in key federal infrastructure accounts such as the Highway Trust Fund.
- Complement and strengthen existing tools, such as municipal bonds, that successfully deliver infrastructure investments at the federal, state and local levels.
- Facilitate opportunities for private investment in U.S. infrastructure.
- Create efficiencies such as accelerating the federal permitting process, while continuing to provide environmental protections.
- Encourage active participation among all levels of government and between public and private sectors without shifting federal responsibilities because no single partner can deliver a well-functioning, national U.S. infrastructure network driven by a long-term vision and funding stability.