ATM & TCC Release New Video Ad Calling on House to Pass Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill
The Americans for Transportation Mobility (ATM) Coalition and the Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) are releasing a new video that will run on various social-media platforms urging prompt House action to pass the physical infrastructure bill, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).
The new video is part of an ongoing effort by the ATM and TCC coalitions aimed at convincing key lawmakers to pass the IIJA now. On Oct. 21, the groups also announced radio ads are being placed in 13 markets nationally targeting 15 lawmakers who are key to House passage of IIJA.
The $1.2 trillion bipartisan legislation answers the need to improve roads and water systems, build resilient infrastructure, ensure rural broadband, invest in next-generation systems, adequately fund public transit, modernize bridges, and upgrade ports, airports and waterways.
Experts caution that other countries, especially China, are outspending and outpacing America in infrastructure. To position the nation for tomorrow, the package includes $550 billion in new spending, and includes a five-year reauthorization for federal surface-transportation funding and programs.
“To help our country continue to be the leader, passing the bipartisan infrastructure bill must happen now,” says ATM Executive Director Ed Mortimer. “There’s a lot of posturing and media coverage regarding Congress, but our objective remains the same: the United States needs a longer-term vision and federal commitment to revitalizing infrastructure. This critical legislation is Congress’s opportunity to enact such important policy.”
After the bill passed the Senate in the summer on a bipartisan 69-30 vote, an analysis from the Brookings Institution summarized the payoff. “Can this bill make the country more inclusive, environmentally resilient, and industrially competitive?,” Brookings asked. “If you step back and view it in total, the unquestionable answer is ‘yes.’ ”
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce-led ATM has been advocating for two decades that investment in a national network and interconnected infrastructure are a shared responsibility. Since then, members in the labor and business sectors have seen the issue grow from regional hums to a national drumbeat.
Enabling commerce and safe mobility, tackling transportation problems, growing the U.S. economy and jobs, and improving Americans’ quality of life all require modernization and federal infrastructure investment.
The video ad will appear in targeted Congressional districts as well as inside the Beltway.
About the ATM
The Americans for Transportation (ATM) Coalition was established by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2000. It brings together businesses, the labor and union sectors, transportation stakeholders, and the public to advocate a robust transportation infrastructure grid in the United States. This includes promoting ongoing and sustainable funding through policies and broad-based initiatives.
About the TCC
The Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) was established in 1996 and is co-chaired by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). The 33 associations and labor unions that make up the TCC have a direct market interest in the federal transportation program.