WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA), leaders of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today praised the passage of S. Res. 186, designating May 17 to May 23, 2015 as National Public Works Week. This resolution authored by Inhofe and Boxer encourages the public to recognize and celebrate the important contributions that public works officials make every day to improve the public infrastructure of the United States.
“This week we celebrate the men and women across the nation who contribute to America’s infrastructure that we rely on every day. Whetherit’s roads and bridges or drinking water and wastewater treatment systems, public works infrastructure plays a vital role in our nation’s health, safety and well-being. These public structures and services have created a healthier environment for American families and a firm foundation for economic advancements
“Our committee has a history of working to ensure Congress upholds its constitutional responsibility to maintain and modernize our nation’s infrastructure. Most recently, the Environment and Public Works Committee successfully passed a strong bipartisan bill to support our nation’s water infrastructure, which was signed into law in May 2014. The committee is now working to set new priorities and goals for our nation’s roads and bridges. In June, we will put forward a six-year surface transportation reauthorization bill that will give renewed vision to our nation’s unified commitment to infrastructure investment.
“During National Public Works Week, we urge local government, organizations, and individuals across the nation to join us in thanking these public servants and celebrating our nation’s great accomplishments in infrastructure.”
Because of the vision of President Dwight Eisenhower, our nation today has 47,000 miles of interstate highways that allow for the movement of 18 billion tons of goods valued at $17 trillion dollars.