US Chamber Leader Tom Donohue Hopeful About Infrastructure Bill’s Passage

Finally, a window of opportunity has opened up for Congress to act meaningfully on a federal infrastructure measure, U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue indicated Sept. 16.

At the organization’s Washington headquarters for a press conference to outline policy priorities, Donohue referred to the highway legislation the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee had passed in July as “half of an infrastructure bill.”

“What I mean by half: It’ll give you roads, bridges and some light rail and get going on it right now,” he explained. “But it’s going to require some quick movement before the end of the year.”

“I’m very hopeful we can sneak this under the finish line,” he added.

The chamber is among the stakeholders on record supporting a fuel tax hike to fund transportation infrastructure priorities.