MeriTalk: OMB Chief Calls for a Reimagined View of Infrastructure, Tech Included

“Shalanda Young, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), today called for a reimagined view of infrastructure in the United States, one that includes funding for broadband as well as technology at the southern border.

During a House Committee on the Budget hearing today, Young faced numerous questions about President Biden’s FY2022 budget proposal, which envisions a total of $6.01 trillion in Federal spending. In terms of investing in infrastructure, Young called for members of the House to expand their view of what infrastructure means in the 21st century.

‘We have to look beyond this traditional, limited view of infrastructure,’ Young said during the hearing. ‘Of course, it includes roads, bridges, ports, and rail – goods and services need that transportation infrastructure to get from producers to consumers. But it also needs housing and building infrastructure, businesses and workers need modern, safe, resilient homes and workplaces in the 21st century.’…”

“One way Young hopes Congress can reimagine infrastructure is when it comes to broadband and the electric grid.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Tex., brought to light the fact that the budget would ‘make transformative investments in the renewed electric grid [and] ensures high-speed broadband.’ Rep. Lee said Americans are in ‘desperate need’ of these investments and referenced ‘evidence by the collapse of the electric grid in Texas where 100 people died.’…” Read the full article here.

Source: OMB Chief Calls for a Reimagined View of Infrastructure, Tech Included – By Grace Dille, June 9, 2021. MeriTalk.

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