Op-Eds

Aug 22 2017

OMAHA WORLD HEARLD: Seeking Nebraska Views on Infrastructure Plan

By U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao

Infrastructure is America’s backbone. It is what keeps the nation moving every day while supporting our economy and national security.

Unfortunately, our infrastructure is aging rapidly, and we must get to work on rebuilding and revitalizing it for the future. The maintenance and expansion of our infrastructure are key factors in enhancing our country’s competitiveness and creating jobs and opportunities for others.

That is why President Donald Trump announced a blueprint in May for a national infrastructure plan, spurring a nationwide discussion about how to regulate, fund and maintain our transportation system moving forward.

Today, we are continuing this critical conversation with Nebraskans. In Omaha, we will meet with representatives from the Nebraska Department of Transportation, leaders from the trucking, rail and aviation industries, and the construction companies that will build our infrastructure.

We look forward to hearing their ideas about how we can improve the regulatory process and move projects forward at a faster rate. It is important to engage local communities in how we revitalize our infrastructure because transportation must meet the needs of the people it serves.

Click here to read the full article in the Omaha World-Herald