May 18, 2021
U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) 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.
“National Public Works Week is a time to recognize the importance of making certain America’s infrastructure will last us for years to come,” 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.”
“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,” 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.”
“Rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure is impossible without the men and women who work daily to maintain it,” 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.”
“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,” said Senator Carper, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. “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.”
“APWA greatly appreciates the efforts of Senator Inhofe, Senator Cardin and their colleagues to recognize National Public Works Week 2021,” American Public Works Association President Mary Joyce Ivers said. “Despite the difficulties of the past year, public works professionals have continued to maintain critical infrastructure, respond to emergencies, and deliver essential services. This resolution honors and raises awareness of the important work public works does to advance quality of life for all.”