Our nation’s roads, bridges, dams, schools, electrical grids and water treatment facilities are old and unable to meet the needs of our growing population. Many of the structures we depend upon for safety, travel and commerce are functioning at maximum capacity or beyond their expected lifetime. Our water treatment facilities need $200 billion for improvements if they are to continue delivering enough clean water to our population, and keep our waterways clean. Our schools need $300 billion for safe and modern classrooms in order to prepare our children for the global economy. Insuring the safety of all our nation’s bridges will cost over $300 billion during the next 10 years. Our electrical transmission system needs to be upgraded to a smart grid and buried underground for protection. Improvements to airports, ports and railways are also on the list. During the past 30 years, we have spent less than 3% of our GNP on infrastructure improvements. Many people say we should not just wait for power black-outs, bridges to fall and dams to burst. They believe now is the time to begin these improvements. Low borrowing rates mean the cost of funding the repair and renovation of our decaying infrastructure is as cheap as it has been in nearly 80 years. It is estimated that it will cost about $3.5 trillion or about $350 billion annually during the next 10 years to bring our infrastructure up to a state of good repair. Besides immediate and future benefits to society, these renovation projects will also create many jobs and significantly boost our economy. It is estimated that 13 million jobs will be created for each trillion dollars spent on infrastructure improvements.
S.4 – Rebuild America Act
I oppose reforming current infrastructure policy and wish to defeat S.4
I support investments in transportation corridors that promote commerce and reduce congestion; updating and enhancing the U.S. network of rail, dams, and ports; investing in critical infrastructure to reduce energy waste and bolster investment in clean energy jobs and industries; investing in clean energy technologies that help free the United States from its dependence on oil; modernizing, renovating, and repairing elementary and secondary school buildings to support improved educational outcomes; investing in the nation’s crumbling water infrastructure to protect public health and reduce pollution; invest in U.S. infrastructure to address vulnerabilities to natural disasters and the impacts of extreme weather, and wish to pass S.4