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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressmen Donald Norcross (D-NJ) and David McKinley (R-WV) hosted a meeting of the Congressional Building Trades Caucus to discuss infrastructure issues and review the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, which rated America’s infrastructure a D+. The conversation centered on the ASCE’s near-failing grade on our nation’s infrastructure and their assessment that $2 trillion over the next ten years is needed for improvement (which equates to $200 billion per year).

The meeting featured guest speaker Casey Dinges of ASCE and took place in the Longworth House Office Building. It was the first in a series of Caucus conversations on infrastructure.

“Making infrastructure a priority isn’t a red or a blue issue, it is an American safety issue. This meeting sounded the alarm that we can no longer ignore our crumbling infrastructure,” said Rep. Norcross. “To address this huge, nationwide problem, Democrats and Republicans need to unite around common goals. Investing in our infrastructure will make our communities and country safer, and it will put millions of Americans to work in good-paying jobs. Our Bipartisan Building Trades Caucus will continue to highlight how investing in the American worker makes us all stronger, and we look forward to leading work on this critical issue.”

Photo Collage Includes: Reps. Donald Norcross(NJ-01), David McKinley (WV-01), Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11), Brendan Boyle (PA-13), John Delaney (MD-06), John Garamendi (CA-03) and Patrick Meehan (PA-07), and ASCE’s Casey Dinges.

About the Congressional Building Trades Caucus

In March 2016, Rep. Norcross, an electrician by trade, joined with Rep. David McKinley, who worked and taught in the construction industry, to launch the Congressional Building Trades Caucus. The bipartisan effort brings together Members of Congress from both sides of aisle to discuss issues that affect the millions of men and women who work in the construction industry.

About Casey Dinges & ASCE

Casey Dinges serves as the Senior Managing Director of Public Affairs, Membership and Marketing for ASCE and he has been with the Society since 1985. His purview includes Government Relations, Communications, Civil Engineering Magazine, Infrastructure Initiatives, K-12 Outreach and Diversity Programs, as well as the Society’s Membership and Marketing/Sales Divisions.

ASCE was founded in 1852 and is the oldest national professional engineering society. The Society has more than 150,000 members who work in all levels of government, academia, research, construction and private consulting firms.


Ally Kehoe, Communications Director