WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, along with her colleagues on the committee, Senators Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Tom Carper (D-Del.), praised the passage of S. Res. 217, a bipartisan resolution designating the week of May 16 through May 22, 2021, as National Public Works Week. The resolution encourages the public to recognize and celebrate the important contributions that public works officials make every day to improve public infrastructure in the United States.

“Rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure is impossible without the men and women who work daily to maintain it,” Ranking Member Capito said. “These public works professionals serve their communities tirelessly and keep our country’s infrastructure strong and safe. We are grateful for their work and dedication.”

“National Public Works Week is a time to recognize the importance of making certain America’s infrastructure will last us for years to come,” Senator Inhofe said. “We saw just how important our infrastructure was during the COVID-19 public health crisis and the importance of essential workers who maintain and build it. As we celebrate our past accomplishments in public works, we also have to turn to the future—and prioritize responsible, bipartisan investment in real infrastructure.”

“This National Public Works Week, we thank the men and women who keep our country running and acknowledge the urgency of investing in our nation’s aging infrastructure,” Chairman Carper said. “In Washington, we are working together to pass bipartisan infrastructure legislation that creates good-paying jobs in communities across the country and addresses the climate crisis. Our public works personnel will be an invaluable part of building the resilient infrastructure that will allow our country to thrive in the future.”

“Many of us take for granted work that goes into the public services we rely on every day. National Public Works Week is an opportunity to recognize the hard-working professionals that keep our communities safe and healthy, especially during the most challenging times,” Senator Cardin said. “As we seek to make major new investments in our infrastructure this year, it is even more imperative that we recognize the critical human component behind the building, operation, and maintenance of our essential systems that support our daily lives.”

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