APWA Hosts Public Works & Infrastructure Caucus Brief on the Hill
On March 29, APWA hosted a brief on Capitol Hill sponsored by the House Public Works and Infrastructure Caucus. The brief focused on the important role public works professionals play in protecting our nation's critical infrastructure. Congressional staff from numerous key offices and committees were in attendance. Points of emphasis shared by the Caucus Co-chairs included a strong statement by Congressman Costello, "Public Works is really the face of government for so many people" and Congresswoman Titus offered the following statement after the briefing. "Too often these essential services are taken for granted while the challenges facing our local communities continue to grow because of a lack of investment," said Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-01), Democratic Chair of the House Public Works and Infrastructure Caucus. "These services contribute to the economic viability and quality of life in our communities and are made possible thanks to the dedicated professionals whose services are critical to putting these issues before policy makers."
Additionally, Executive Director Scott Grayson serving as moderator affirmed, "Today's briefing on the important role played by public works professionals in protecting our critical infrastructure allowed us to share the vast knowledge and experience offered by our incoming President, Mr. Bo Mills of Germantown, TN and APWA's Emergency Management Committee member, Mr. Mark Ray of Crystal, MN. The purpose of these briefings is to serve as a resource to Members of Congress and their staff. Our more than 29,500 members work with critical infrastructure on a daily basis. They have great stories to tell and can serve as a vital resource for the U.S. Congress as it develops comprehensive infrastructure and emergency management policies for the future."
In 2016, APWA hosted a hill briefing on water related issues which covered the basics for policymakers - drinking water, storm water, and water treatment. Additionally, APWA is working with the Caucus to host a National Public Works Week event on Capitol Hill, as was done in 2016.
The Public Works & Infrastructure Caucus is a bipartisan caucus focused on the importance of greater investment in our country’s infrastructure.
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