Washington, D.C.—Today marks two years since the enactment of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, better known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Passage of this legislation was a top priority of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), and mayors have been working closely with the Biden Administration to implement it over the last two years. Recognizing the enormous impact the law is already having on American cities, USCM President Reno (NV) Mayor Hillary Schieve issued the following statement:
“This law continues to transform American cities. After decades of neglect, America was falling behind before President Biden and members of both parties made this historic investment in our infrastructure. Now we are creating stronger, cleaner economies, with safer and more efficient transportation systems. We are also helping to ensure that communities across the country have greater access to reliable, high-speed internet. We are grateful to the Biden Administration for working hand in hand with the Conference of Mayors to make sure that there is local perspective in how the law is implemented.
“The law is also a reminder that big bipartisan accomplishments are still possible when Congress is able to put aside political differences and get down to work. That is the spirit with which mayors take to their jobs every day, and we hope that the success of this law continues to inspire more constructive cooperation in Washington. We have much more that needs to be done to strengthen American cities, including a national initiative on housing, homelessness and mental health, and mayors remain committed to working with both parties to continue driving progress.”