Lawmakers say infrastructure efforts are falling victim to deepening partisan divide

The Hill

BY LILLIAN BAUTISTA

October 29, 2020

Partisan politics and stalled negotiations over another COVID-19 relief bill are impeding progress toward much needed infrastructure bills, lawmakers said Thursday. “We’ve got to do more, and the only way to do more is to get politics out of infrastructure once again,” Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) said at The Hill’s “America’s Agenda: Infrastructure” event. “Unfortunately, that’s what killed any long-term infrastructure bill that we could’ve passed to address our crumbling roads and bridges.” Davis, a four-term lawmaker and the top Republican of the House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee on highways and transit, said he witnessed “bipartisan cooperation in the past” for legislation like the Highway Reauthorization Act, but months-long pandemic relief negotiations are worsening relations between the two parties are having an effect on issues like infrastructure.


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