Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) Delivers Keynote on Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure During ASME’s Policy Impact Event
Jun 7, 2021
Rep. Fitzpatrick shared that Congress is working feverishly to get to a compromise on a comprehensive infrastructure package and that he is focusing on three main areas in his push to promote a bipartisan bill. Along with his colleagues on the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, Fitzpatrick is promoting an infrastructure bill that addresses these three areas:
- Bipartisan agreement on what the infrastructure bill should encompass (already accomplished).
- Scope of the funding.
- “Pay-fors,” meaning how the bill will be financed.
In a question to the Congressman regarding investment in electric vehicle infrastructure, Rep. Fitzpatrick shared his view that the U.S. needs to have an energy and electrical grid that can sustain the significant increase as we migrate away from traditional vehicles to electric vehicles. He also stated that Congress needs to think seriously about the user fee since the gas tax does not apply to electric vehicles. The bill he is working on moves away from the gas tax and towards carbon pricing. Rep. Fitzpatrick’s bill is the only bipartisan carbon pricing bill in Congress today. He ascribes to the belief that you should tax things you want less of, not things you want more of, and would earmark the money to infrastructure, which will spur private investment when done right.
Rep. Fitzpatrick also addressed the labor shortage that the nation is facing as it emerges from the economic downturn associated with the pandemic. Rep. Fitzpatrick frequently visits the high schools and community colleges in his district to speak with students about the opportunities that exist in emerging, in-demand technology and engineering fields. He encourages the students he speaks with to take a disciplined path and work hard and shares his belief that if they do so, there will be something great waiting for them on the other side.
Lastly, Rep. Fitzpatrick discussed manufacturing, noting that the pandemic has shown how the U.S. supply chain must change going forward. He discussed the Made in America Act, which would reconstitute the supply chain of critical materials back to the United States. The bill also pushes the government to source materials and supplies from U.S. manufacturers, providing financial incentives for keeping a robust domestic supply chain.
A full recording Rep. Fitzpatrick’s remarks will be made available on ASME’s YouTube page in the coming days and a link will be provided in future editions of the “ASME Capitol Update Newsletter.”