Congressional Earmarks Resurrected as “Community Project Funding” – What Do They Mean for an Infrastructure Plan?

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    Congress last allowed individual lawmakers to request funds for specific projects a decade ago. Formerly known as “earmarking,” the process is making a controlled return under a more transparent process now labeled as “Community Project Funding.”

    Will it help the passage of a multitrillion infrastructure package, or a robust FAST Act reauthorization bill?

    On April 13, our colleagues Bill Shuster, former chair of the US House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Rodney E. Slater, former US Secretary of Transportation, joined an expert panel convened by the Association for the Improvement of American Infrastructure (AIAI) to discuss what is Community Project Funding, how it works and what the process will mean for the plan to improve US infrastructure.

    Watch the full discussion here.

    Additional panelists included:

    Marshall Macomber, Senior Policy Advisor, AIAI, and President, ThinkP3
    Cathy Connor, Senior Vice President, Director of Federal Government Affairs, WSP USA
    Bryan Kendro, Alternative Delivery Advisor for Infrastructure, RS&H