Senate and House members submit bipartisan bill to promote stronger private, public infrastructure

U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Tina Smith (D-MN) and U.S. Representatives Matt Cartwright (D-PA), Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX), Don Bacon (R-NE), and Matt Gaetz (R-FL) recently introduced the bipartisan Built to Last Act to help local communities and private firms build stronger infrastructure to withstand severe weather events. “In recent years, communities in Wisconsin have been hit particularly hard by severe weather events and flooding that has washed out roads, closed local businesses and damaged highways and bridges,” Baldwin said. “This reform will not only ensure we are better protecting our infrastructure, but it will also save taxpayer dollars.” Noting Florida’s experience in recent years, Senator Rubio said, “Florida’s public and private building standards are already among the most stringent in the nation, including the requirement to withstand major hurricanes. The Built to Last Act would bolster our preparedness by improving the Federal Government’s capacity to share projections of weather-related risks to our communities and provide guidance for building codes, ensuring that the infrastructure we build in the future is more resilient to weather impacts.” For more, click here.