I’m writing you from my home in Dallas, where the temperature is 27 degrees and there’s several inches of snow on the ground. Not exactly typical Texas weather.

But I’m lucky. My family and I have electricity and heat. Millions of my fellow Texans went without power for days, and hundreds of thousands of them still don't have their lights on.

It didn’t have to be like this. While we are seeing unusual weather in Texas, the electric grid here also hasn’t received updates it has needed for years. As one expert put it, the grid “limped along on underinvestment and neglect until it finally broke under predictable circumstances.”

And it’s not just Texas. States like Oregon, Kentucky and Louisiana also are seeing power outages right now. California faced similar struggles last year.

These are the real world consequences of America’s failure to modernize its infrastructure. Now it’s time to learn from our mistakes and get to work.

Tell Your Members of Congress and the White House: It’s Time for Made in America Infrastructure!

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It’s hard to understate how bad America’s infrastructure has gotten. The national electric grid, for example, gets a D+ grade from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). But the rest of our infrastructure is also in terrible shape, from bridges and roads to water systems and pipelines to schools, ports, railways, airports and more.

The outages this week aren’t the first time we’ve seen the devastation of inaction, either. When two dams broke in Midland, Michigan, last year, 1,700 homes were damaged or outright destroyed.

Then there was the collapse of the I-35 Mississippi River Bridge in Minnesota in 2007, which killed 13 people and injured 135 others. It can happen again: There were more than 56,000 structurally deficient bridges in the United States in 2016, according to the ASCE.

The crisis in Texas this week once again is highlighting the consequences of inaction. But every crisis also yields opportunity.

Investing in America’s infrastructure not only will create a safer and more secure future for our country, it also will provide a shot in the arm into the economy, which continues to struggle in the wake of COVID-19. Millions of new jobs will be created by rebuilding infrastructure, and we’ll maximize our investment by applying Buy America preferences to ensure this work takes place in the United States.

Please join me in telling Congress and the White House to get to work on a major infrastructure investment package that includes Buy America. It’s time to build a Made in America future!


Elizabeth Brotherton-Bunch
Alliance for American Manufacturing

Alliance for American Manufacturing
711 D Street NW Suite 3 | Washington, District of Columbia 20004
(202) 393-3430 |

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