March 15, 2021

House Democrats Release Energy Infrastructure Bill

While The Hill reported bipartisan support for a comprehensive infrastructure package is growing among U.S. lawmakers, Democrats on the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee have released draft legislation that would authorize major investments in the country’s electrical and water infrastructure.

The $312 billion package would authorize $3.87 billion annually for the next five years to update the U.S. electrical grid and make it more resilient and improve energy efficiency in schools and homes. The legislation also would authorize $41.8 billion in electric vehicle infrastructure.

While any momentum in favor of infrastructure investments is a move in the right direction, MSCI continues to argue for investments in a broad array of programs, from housing construction to investments in ports, airports, bridges, and railways. And, as Connecting the Dots reported in February, MSCI is working to build support across North America for comprehensive infrastructure investments by U.S. and Canadian officials.

MSCI’s campaign asks member company leaders and employees – and their customers, family members, and neighbors – to share photos that demonstrate why government leaders must invest in bridges, hospitals, schools, and other infrastructure. Individuals can join MSCI’s movement by visiting www.build-now.org. MSCI’s goal is to show the world how crumbling infrastructure impacts lives, families, jobs, communities, and the economy.

Click here for more information about the campaign and here to read more about the need for comprehensive infrastructure investment in Canada and the United States.

For employees and business owners who are interested in weighing in with federal lawmakers, the Alliance for American Manufacturing has created a portal that individuals can use to send a letter to their member of Congress. Click here to access that website.