CLEVELAND – Calling the nation’s transportation infrastructure the backbone of the American economy Vice President Joe Biden took the administration’s push for the “Grow America Plan” to Cleveland on Wednesday.
Speaking at the Greater Cleveland RTA’s Central Rail Maintenance Facility, Biden warned where we once led the world we are now falling behind.
“We need $3.6 trillion in new investment in infrastructure in America by 2020 to meet the needs of a growing vibrant population,” Biden said. “We’re losing ground to the rest of the world.”
House Republicans have proposed a plan to replace the highway spending bill that expires September 30, that would cut $1.8 billion from current funding levels.
“They insist that we can’t afford, hear the phrase, we can’t afford to make these investments. How can we afford not to make these investments,” Biden said.
The president recently sent to Congress his own proposal, the four year, $302 billion “Grow America Plan” that would send an extra $87 billion to help finance the replacement of the country’s structurally deficient bridges and other transportation needs.
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