US House Democrats Kick Off Push To Tackle Infrastructure ‘Crisis’

On Wednesday, the House Ways and Means Committee held its first hearing in eight years addressing America’s aging infrastructure. Democrats on the committee are hoping to kick off a national conversation about the critical issue, one that could lead to floor action on a legislative proposal by early summer.

“Our roads, our highways, they look like third-world countries,” Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a member of the committee, said during the hearing. He noted that several members of his family have driven trucks for a living.

Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.), the committee chairman, called the state of the nation’s infrastructure a “crisis” that is only expected to worsen in the near future.