Its launch occurred a few minutes after a 9:15 a.m. start time. After brief introductory remarks from longtime infrastructure advocate Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), Garcia confidently described the caucus’ mission.
“The fact is that we need more equity, access and sustainability in transportation policy, and we intend to promote those principles with this caucus. For too long, transportation policy debates have centered almost on funding first and policy second. We have to reverse that. We’re launching our caucus because we have an immense opportunity with a new infrastructure package and surface transportation reauthorization,” he said, emphasizing for the audience of about four dozen individuals that crippling congestion, a climate crisis and constant disrepairs nationwide had persuaded his colleagues to push for this new group.
“It doesn’t take a genius to say, something isn’t right. Some say, ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ Well, it’s broken. And I think all of us in this room know that a fix in the gas tax isn’t enough to solve our systemic problems.”