It’s no secret that America’s infrastructure is in a sad state of disrepair, that our decades old roads and bridges have begun to break down and crumble. Across the country roads have grown bumpier, pocked with potholes. This, thankfully, has not gone unnoticed in Washington, or across the country. President Trump has touted his $1 trillion infrastructure revitalization plan, and expects to have a piece of legislation ready in the coming months.
The current administration has already taken the first steps to bringing this vital infrastructure plan to fruition. This past Thursday, the Advisory Council on Infrastructure was announced, bringing together a group of people whose sole purpose is to help improve our crumbling infrastructure. The panel is directed to “study the scope and effectiveness of, and make findings and recommendations to the president regarding, federal government funding, support, and delivery of infrastructure projects in several sectors.”
Three of the Council’s mission priorities are focused on energy infrastructure – ranging from natural gas infrastructure to an increase in solar energy creation. Currently, the Council is gathering information and beginning their inquiries, but they will also be giving detailed accounts of how we can improve all facets of our infrastructure along with energy; surface transportation, aviation, ports and waterways, water resources, and broadband are just a few examples.
As gridlock in Washington continues to stall a number of important issues, the President establishing this Advisory Council on Infrastructure shows concrete steps being taken towards comprehensive infrastructure legislation. This is an issue that cannot get bogged down in partisan politics, an area that should be without controversy as it helps to improve the lives of all Americans. The GAIN coalition is excited for future developments, and we’re glad to see genuine progress being made to improve America’s infrastructure.