Put America First And Pass An Infrastructure Package
MICHAEL S. BURKE AND SEAN MCGARVEY
In his State of the Union address, President Trump set an encouraging vision to reclaim America’s “building heritage” and advance economic prosperity in calling for $1.5 trillion in new infrastructure investment. Now, Congress must act with urgency, build on bipartisan consensus, and deliver a bill that will benefit American workers, commuters, and families.
Each American could save $3,400 a year just by improving our infrastructure. From crumbling roads and bridges to aging water systems and overburdened electrical grids, the impacts of having fallen behind are worrisome. Without a focused effort, the American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that, by 2025, the United States will incur $3.9 trillion in losses to GDP, $7 trillion in lost business sales and 2.5 million in lost American jobs.