4 Jan 2015

Sanders: "America once led the world in building and maintaining a nationwide network of safe and reliable bridges and roads. Today, nearly a quarter of the nation's 600,000 bridges have been designated as structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. Let's rebuild our crumbling infrastructure."

Sen. Bernie Sanders said on Saturday that he will introduce legislation when the new session of Congress convenes this month to authorize a $1 trillion, multi-year program to rebuild crumbling roads and bridges and invest in other infrastructure modernization projects. The investment not only would begin to address a growing backlog of badly-needed repairs, it also would put 13 million Americans to work at decent-paying jobs, according to Sanders, who will take over this month as the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee. 
“America once led the world in building and maintaining a nationwide network of safe and reliable bridges and roads.  Today, nearly a quarter of the nation's 600,000 bridges have been designated as structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. Let's rebuild our crumbling infrastructure. Let's make our country safer and more efficient.  Let's put millions of Americans back to work,” Sanders said.
The work needs to be done, he said. The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that $3.6 trillion would be needed by 2020 simply to get our nation’s infrastructure to a passable condition.  More than $1.7 trillion is needed just to improve our roads, bridges and transit.  More than 30 percent of our nation’s bridges have exceeded their 50-year design life.  Almost one-third of America’s major roads are in poor or mediocre condition, and 42 percent of major urban highways remain congested. In Vermont alone, the civil engineers say more than one-fifth of the paved roads are in poor condition.
And workers need the jobs, Sanders stressed. While the economy has improved since the worst days of the recession, millions of Americans are still out of work and looking for jobs. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the broadest measure of unemployment stood at 11.4 percent in November. That figure counts workers forced to settle for part-time jobs and others who gave up looking for work.
As a new session of Congress gears up, Sanders said infrastructure investment is one area that could win bipartisan support in Congress. “There are a number of Republicans who understand that it is vitally important that we rebuild our crumbling infrastructure,” he said.

5 comments:

  1. BLA HA HA HA,
    AMERICAN CITIZENS ? Working on ROADS and Bridges? SINCE WHEN? These TAX payer funded JOBS WILL GO TO ILLEGAL ALIENS AS USUAL!
    the bribes and "no completion contracts " will go to NON - American companies
    WHO WILL NOT HIRE ANY AMERICAN CITIZENS, only TOKEN employes like sexy English speaking telephone sectaries or a few blacks and minorities IE NO WHITE MEN NEED APPLY!

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  2. as am american i can tell you the roads are really really bad.


    where is our tax money going exactly? is it even money? or just paper print outs for the zog control scheme to keep us slaving away and busy.

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  3. Stop throwing taxpayer money at apartheid israel.

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  4. In North Carolina, the AAA has stated that every bridge in NC is unsafe. Yet the state stills builds new roads and bridges: which is mandated by state law, in short no repairs.

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  5. The US highway system was the greatest engineering feat ever achieved in the history of the world.

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