Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement after introducing the Build America Act of 2018, legislation that will strengthen and expand two existing infrastructure grant programs to invest approximately $120 billion in infrastructure improvements over the next ten years (Please find attached a copy of the legislation):
“I am pleased to mark the beginning of the Second Session of the 115th Congress by introducing the Build America Act of 2018. This bill will significantly expand funding for two merit-based infrastructure grant programs, paving the way for billions of dollars of investments nationwide without adding a penny to the national debt.
“Every year, House Republicans attempt to zero-out funding for Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grants, making it imperative that we protect this vital stream of funding from partisan politics. Capital Investment Grants (CIG) and TIGER Grants are heavily utilized by communities across the country.
“By investing billions in merit-based grant awards, we empower communities to more easily compete for funding vital to their needs. I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure that we adequately address our nation’s decaying infrastructure.”
BACKGROUND: The Build America Act of 2018 removes the CIG and TIGER programs from the annual appropriations process, establishing them as mandatory programs with permanently expanded funding. Under the legislation, TIGER and CIG would be funded at $3 billion and $9 billion annually, respectively.
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.