Blue Dogs Call on House Democratic Leadership to Prioritize Infrastructure

Jan 28, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, the Blue Dog Coalition sent a letter to House Democratic leadership calling for leadership to prioritize infrastructure as one of the first issues to be tackled now that the government is open. Specifically, the Blue Dogs called for leadership and the relevant policy committees to move quickly on a series of smaller infrastructure bills that reflect the promises Democrats made to their constituents during the 2018 election, while we await the development of a larger infrastructure package.


The letter was signed by all members of Blue Dog Coalition leadership, Reps. Stephanie Murphy (FL-07), Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01), Lou Correa (CA-46), Anthony Brindisi (NY-22), and Kurt Schrader (OR-05). In addition to leadership, the following members signed the letter: Rep. Sanford Bishop (GA-02), Rep. Ed Case (HI-01), Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05), Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16), Rep. Charlie Crist (FL-13), Rep. Joe Cunningham (SC-01), Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), Rep. Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05), Rep. Kendra Horn (OK-05), Rep. Daniel Lipinski (IL-03), Rep. Ben McAdams (UT-04), Rep. Max Rose (NY-11), Rep. David Scott (GA-13), Rep. Brad Schneider (IL-10), Rep. Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11), Rep. Abigail Spanberger (VA-07), Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (NM-02), Rep. Jeff Van Drew (NJ-02), and Rep. Filemon Vela (TX-34).


See below for the full text:


Dear Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Hoyer:


We write today to express our desire to work with your offices and the relevant committees to move quickly on a series of infrastructure bills that reflect the pledges we made to our constituents. We have a unique opportunity to take the momentum from the 2018 election and turn that into legislative action for the American people.


Many Democrats made infrastructure investment a top priority on the campaign trail, which led to us successfully taking back control of the House of Representatives. This issue broadly unites the Democratic Caucus along with many of our partners from labor organizations to industry associations. Our efforts can help create valuable, well-paying jobs throughout our country, while improving the quality of life for millions of Americans. These efforts would also expand and improve the roads we take to school and work, increase access to employment, and protect the environment.


Now that President Trump has reopened the government, we ask that your teams immediately move forward on a series of infrastructure bills. Let’s show the American people that we heard their message last year. Our plan of attack must focus on immediate and bipartisan ideas, such as modernizing our nation’s electrical grids, investing in cost-saving energy-efficiency programs, reforming for our ports and water infrastructure, making transit improvements, and addressing a host of other problems that have festered due to inaction.


The committees of jurisdiction have only just begun their work on crafting a larger package that addresses long-term funding issues and provides certainty for our communities. But while we await action on this product, there are a host of things that we can work on now that complements the work of the Transportation and Infrastructure and Ways and Means Committees. After working to get back to the majority for eight years, let’s show the American people that we are the party that solves problems.


Thank you for your attention on this matter. We stand ready to work with you on advancing these needed reinvestments in America’s infrastructure.