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American Council of Engineering Companies Statement on the Delay of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This evening, American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) President and CEO Linda Bauer Darr released the following statement in response to the delay of a vote on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act:

“It’s time for brave, visionary lawmakers to step up and be counted. The failure of the House to pass a strong and bipartisan infrastructure bill is frustrating.  We should be moving forward now with overdue investments in safe drinking water, resilient and renewable energy sources, and bridges and roads that stand up to today’s cyber, extreme weather, and climate challenges.

Instead, we’re heading into the weekend with a shutdown of the nation’s surface transportation program. State DOTs are scrambling to keep projects going. Thousands of DOT employees are being furloughed.  This is as unnecessary as it is unacceptable. We need leaders on both sides of the aisle to do what’s right for the nation. That means passing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.”

A recent ACEC economic analysis estimates the bipartisan agreement would create more than 82,000 full and part-time jobs in engineering and design services, generate $62 billion in architecture and engineering (A/E) industry wages, and add $75 billion to GDP. Overall, the proposal would lead to a 6% average annual increase in engineering and design services sector activity over the next six years, pushing annual output from $352 billion in 2021 to $416 billion by 2026.


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IIJA, Infrastructure


October 1, 2021

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