Investing in our infrastructure is how we keep our economy moving. Billions of dollars of freight and goods move through our region, as do hundreds of thousands of workers. They all depend on safe roads, bridges and transit. As we saw with the collapse of the I-5 bridge over the Skagit River, this infrastructure is fragile and any disruption to it has large, broad consequences to our economy. The bridge collapse was a wake-up call. Infrastructure also encompasses stable housing, expanding broadband, and incentivizing a green economy.
In July, the House passed a sweeping infrastructure bill that would invest more than $1.5 trillion in modern, sustainable infrastructure while creating millions of good-paying jobs, combating the climate crisis, and addressing disparities in urban, suburban, and rural communities. This legislation included the affordable housing, smart city, and rural broadband priorities I have been pushing for in recent years to tackle problems in our communities.