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After the Election: Infrastructure and President Trump

Posted by Joe Gentle on Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Donald Trump, President-Elect“We are going to fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals..We’re going to rebuild our infrastructure, which will become, by the way, second to none, and we will put millions of our people to work as we rebuild it.”

-President-Elect Donald Trump

Early in the morning on Wednesday, November 9th, President-Elect Donald Trump emerged victorious after a highly controversial campaign. The win came as a shock to many, forcing stakeholders across the infrastructure industries to re-think the future in terms of policy, funding, and political will. Below are a few highlights that offer an idea of the broad spectrum of reactions within the infrastructure world.

 

“The President-elect made promises in this campaign—on trade, on restoring manufacturing, on reviving our communities. We will work to make many of those promises a reality. If he is willing to work with us, consistent with our values, we are ready to work with him…But make no mistake, we can never back down from our values. The presence of racism, misogyny and anti-immigrant appeals caused damage in this campaign and we must all try to repair it with inclusion, decency and honesty.”
-Richard L. Trumka, President, AFL-CIO

“While the path to net zero emissions may be more difficult under the new Trump Administration, it is not foreclosed. A majority of US states and businesses believe that reducing emissions is the best way forward for our economy and climate, and their efforts will be more important now than ever.”
-Amy Davidsen, Executive Director, The Climate Group North America

“President-elect Trump and Congress must come together on much needed investment that will put Americans to work building and repairing our nation’s crumbling infrastructure. Stronger trade enforcement to address China’s massive overcapacity and a crackdown on countries trying to circumvent U.S. trade laws can boost manufacturing jobs…Factory workers were more than a prop in this election. Now’s the time to deliver for them.”
-Scott Paul, President, Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM)

“The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) stands ready to work with the Trump Administration and Congress to keep America’s renewable energy industry strong…Working with our members, including many of the nation’s leading companies and energy industry investors, ACORE will actively engage the new Administration and Congress to ensure that Americans have increasing opportunities to save, work, and prosper through renewable power.”
-Gregory Wetstone, President and CEO, American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE)

“Trump will try and slam the brakes on climate action. Our work becomes much harder now, but it’s not impossible, and we refuse to give up.”
May Boeve, 350.org

Though we’ll be waiting to see where the federal chips land with President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming administration and the congressional committee changes, Tuesday night’s biggest transportation news was the fact that local voters across the country approved scores of ballot measures that raise new local money for transportation improvements.
-Transportation for America (T4America)

“This remarkable passage rate for public transportation measures sends a strong message to President-elect Donald Trump and to  Congress that Americans support moving forward with funding from all levels of government that connects infrastructure investment with job opportunities and our country’s economic vitality.”
-Richard A. White, Acting President and CEO, American Public Transportation Association (APTA)

““As President-elect Trump indicated last night, investing in infrastructure is an important priority of his.  We can work together to quickly pass a robust infrastructure jobs bill.  Our first responsibility is to protect and defend the American people; we must do so in a manner that is strong and smart, and that honors the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform.”
-Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives

“The election results have created some real uncertainty in Washington. That uncertainty extends to transportation policy and funding decisions…What will that uncertainty at the national level mean for biking and transportation? And how will decisions in Washington affect progress being made at the state and local level?”
-Caron Whitaker, Vice President of Government Relations, League of American Bicyclists

“The speed bumps you may encounter [from conservative lawmakers] are whether or not a package is offset or paid for…I think you’ll find a lot of bipartisan dance partners per se, but finding a way to come up with a bipartisan offset or a bipartisan way to pay for it is going to be more of the challenge, I think.”
-Jim Tymon, COO, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

“Americans have just lived through a bitter, personality-driven campaign that exposed some deep divisions in our country. Now, it’s time to turn the page and refocus the country’s attention on the many substantive domestic and international challenges facing us. The Chamber and its members stand ready help the new administration and the next Congress unite our country around a mission we believe all Americans can support—to grow our economy, create jobs, and lift incomes for all citizens.”
-Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

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2 Responses to “After the Election: Infrastructure and President Trump”

  1. Curtis Johnson says:

    Where is all the material going to come. Gravel and sand that’s needed to build infrastructure? I have a 3000 acre tract of land that’s rich in those aggregates. How can I contribute?

  2. Content Coordinator says:

    Curtis, I would definitely recommend getting in touch with civil engineering firms in your region, and your state DOT. They’ll know what to do with that gravel and sand!

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