If we want to build a competitive workforce in today’s economy, we have to bring our national infrastructure up to speed by making smart investments in our transportation, water, energy and internet infrastructure. Over the last 30 years our investments in infrastructure have declined, leaving American families and workers behind.

We need greater investments to help move people, ideas and products faster, cheaper and safer and to connect all Americans with 21st century opportunities.

Since coming to Congress in 2009, I’ve made it a top priority to bring federal resources to rural communities without proper wastewater treatment capacity. I have led legislation to address the widespread failure of wastewater infrastructure in rural America by providing grants for the construction and repair of wastewater systems in underserved communities.

As Representative for Alabama’s 7th District, I have helped to secure a $20 million TIGER Grant for Birmingham and the BJCTA Bus Rapid Transit system. In Alabama’s rural Black Belt, I have helped communities win $12 million for water and sewer improvements.

I also have a plan to connect the last remaining communities without access to high-speed internet. Universal high-speed internet is not just possible, it is necessary for our workforce to compete in today’s economy.

By making the right investments, we can connect students, workers, doctors, farmers and all Americans with the resources and opportunities they need for success.