Problem Solvers Caucus Backs Bipartisan Approach to Infrastructure Negotiations

April 1, 2021
Press Release

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Problem Solvers Caucus sent a letter to President Biden, Secretary Buttigieg, Speaker Pelosi, and Leaders Schumer, McCarthy, and McConnell calling on them to promote a bipartisan path forward on infrastructure for America.

The letter was penned by Co-Chairs Josh Gottheimer and Tom Reed and Infrastructure Working Group Co-Chairs Conor Lamb and John Katko. The letter was endorsed by the 58-Member Caucus—equally divided between Democrats and Republicans. To receive Caucus endorsement, 75 percent of the Members must support it. 

“We believe that a bipartisan bill would summon the highest level of support for the large investment needed to repair and modernize our infrastructure for the 21st Century,” the Caucus Members stated in the letter. “A robust investment in our infrastructure would also create millions of good-paying jobs for hard-working Americans and help accelerate America’s post-pandemic economic recovery.”

The Members acknowledge, “We appreciate the steps you have taken so far to engage Members of both parties in discussions about addressing our country’s significant infrastructure challenges. We stand committed to working with you within and beyond our Caucus to ensure this bipartisan issue is able to move forward.”

The full text of the letter can be found here and below: 

 
 
April 1, 2021
 
Dear President Biden, Secretary Buttigieg, Speaker Pelosi, and Leaders Schumer, McCarthy, and McConnell: 
 
We write to you as members of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, a group of 29 Republicans and 29 Democrats in the House of Representatives who work together to find common ground on issues of pressing concern to our communities.  As the 117th Congress begins to debate various infrastructure proposals, we are writing to ask that you continue to promote a bipartisan path forward. The Problem Solvers Caucus has officially endorsed this position, garnering the support of more than 75 percent of Members. 
 
Infrastructure has long been one of our nation’s most important needs. We believe that a bipartisan bill would summon the highest level of support for the large investment needed to repair and modernize our infrastructure for the 21st century. A robust investment in our infrastructure would also create millions of good-paying jobs for hard-working Americans and help accelerate America’s post-pandemic economic recovery. 
 
As part of the infrastructure discussion, we wanted to emphasize that the following general principles have bipartisan support within our group:
 
Sustainable long-term funding for in-demand projects in our communities;
 
Providing overdue investments in critical infrastructure projects, such as broadband deployment, transportation networks, and water infrastructure; and
 
Improving the resilience of our nation’s infrastructure in the face of natural disasters.
 
We appreciate the steps you have taken so far to engage Members of both parties in discussions about addressing our country’s significant infrastructure challenges. We stand committed to working with you within and beyond our Caucus to ensure this bipartisan issue is able to move forward. 
 
 
Sincerely,
 
 
Josh Gottheimer
Member of Congress
Problem Solvers Caucus Co-Chair
 
 
Tom Reed
Member of Congress
Problem Solvers Caucus Co-Chair
 
 
Conor Lamb
Member of Congress
Problem Solvers Caucus Infrastructure Co-Chair
 
 
John Katko
Member of Congress
Problem Solvers Caucus Infrastructure Co-Chair
 
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The Problem Solvers Caucus is a bipartisan group in Congress comprised of 58 members – equally divided between Democrats and Republicans – who are committed to forging bipartisan cooperation on key issues.