Updated: Sep 27, 2021
U.S. MAYORS, NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE, AND CITY LEADERS: BIPARTISAN INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN ESSENTIAL TO PUBLIC SAFETY AND ECONOMIC STABILITY
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON , D.C. (September 24, 2021) -- Calling comprehensive investment in the nation’s roads, bridges, rail, transit and, electric grid one of the most pressing challenges facing the nation, the leaders of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National Urban League today urged Congress to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill.
“Each week that goes by presents us with more evidence that infrastructure investment is not just an opportunity for economic development, but a matter of literal life and death,” National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial said. “Dozens of people across the country died as a direct result of overwhelmed drainage systems the failed electrical grid. The urgency of enacting the infrastructure package cannot be overstated.
“This bill represents an historic investment in American infrastructure, allowing us to leap forward and begin solving many of the big challenges of our time,” said USCM President Dayton (OH) Mayor Nan Whaley. “It stands to keep our economy moving and ensure that we don’t just go back to the old normal, but create a more resilient, more inclusive American economy. This legislation is proof that bipartisanship is still possible. It would be a terrible shame to not capitalize on that spirit of cooperation on an infrastructure bill that is desperately needed by the American people.”
Morial and Whaley were joined at a virtual news conference by Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt,
Houston Mayor and African American Mayors Association President Sylvester Turner, Lexington, S.C., Councilmember and National League of Cities President Kathy Maness, and U.S. Black Chambers President and CEO Ron Busby.
Earlier this year, a bipartisan group of 369 mayors sent a letter in support of the infrastructure package, which contains many critical priorities for American cities.
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About The National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. The National Urban League spearheads the efforts of its 91 local affiliates through the development of programs, public policy research and advocacy, providing direct services that impact and improve the lives of more than 2 million people annually nationwide. Visitwww.nul.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @NatUrbanLeague.