Davis Discusses Bipartisan, Modern Infrastructure Solution
Washington, D.C.- U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) discussed the Trump Administration’s infrastructure proposal and the need for a bipartisan solution with Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao at yesterday's Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing.
“We must work together to get a long-term solution for investing in our country’s crumbling infrastructure,” Davis said. “Rural areas, like the 13th district, are in desperate need of funding for many infrastructure projects. I am encouraged by Secretary Chao’s recognition of the importance of more local control of federal funding. Allowing local governments to have more say in projects that are funded is critical to helping our small communities succeed. I look forward to working with my colleagues on this committee and the administration to develop a bipartisan, modern infrastructure plan.”
During the hearing, Davis questioned Secretary Chao on prioritizing rural infrastructure and more local control of federal funding.
“In fact, the President’s entire infrastructure proposal leaves the priority of projects to the state and local leaders,” Secretary Chao said. “We don’t say what project is preferable over another, we don’t say which financing or funding mechanism is preferable. We’re basically saying it’s up to the local and state leaders.”
Davis has been an advocate for allowing our local governments to have more say in the allocation of infrastructure dollars and worked to increase local control in the FAST Act, the five-year highway bill Congress passed in 2015. Click here for more information.