Sen. Barrasso Presses for Infrastructure Improvements

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Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) recently published a press release/op-ed on the immediate need for infrastructure improvements.  He talked about his “commitment to passing infrastructure legislation that will improve lives, protect families and strengthen the economy”. Both the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) and the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) are mentioned in the press release/op-ed.

Sen. Barrasso is the chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, so his interest in infrastructure funding opens the doors for some possibilities for federal funding. But finding new money for new infrastructure funding programs in the ongoing budget debates is going to be challenging. We will have to wait and see what actions both the Senate and House take in the coming months on infrastructure funding (and on the budget).