Testimony of Richard Diaz Before The House Committee on Energy and Commerce
BlueGreen Alliance Midwest Regional Field Organizer Richard Diaz testified at the House Energy & Commerce Committee hearing on water infrastructure called "Trusting the Tap: Upgrading America's Drinking Water Infrastructure."
Diaz talked about how the water infrastructure investments in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) are a win-win. Water infrastructure investments will boost our economy and create and sustain thousands of jobs while ensuring communities have safe water and water systems resilient to climate change. The BIL invests $55 billion in our water systems—the largest federal investment ever. This $55 billion is a significant down payment on the $434 billion investment gap identified in the ASCE 2021 infrastructure report card.
We have the opportunity to address some of these challenges as we work to implement the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, and do so in a way that protects and creates good union jobs, delivers public health and environmental benefits, addresses economic and racial injustice head on, and creates a cleaner, stronger, and more equitable economy for all.
Click below to read his full testimony.