A Call to Action: Fixing America’s Infrastructure

The foundation of the American economy, its infrastructure, is in crisis. Our nation’s transit system and bridges are frequently cited as needing massive upgrades but the problem also includes the need for safer drinking water. This perfect storm is threatening our nation’s productivity and future prosperity. In 2010, together with my colleagues at the President’s Economic Recovery and Advisory Board, we pointed to the need to do something about it and what that something might look like. However, in 2010, Congressional intransigence and vitriol foreclosed any possibility of moving through the president’s infrastructure agenda. Still, something seismic has changed. Americans are preparing to elect a new leader of the free world and Congress may get a revamp of its own come November with many members more willing to work with the next president of the United States on rebuilding our infrastructure.

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