August 8th, 2007
03:24 PM ET
7 years ago

Clinton calls for infrastructure overhaul

ROCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - In direct response to the bridge collapse in Minnesota, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, called for a series of initiatives Wednesday to improve America's bridges, highways, tunnels, and other infrastructures.

Clinton said America is facing an "infrastructure crisis" saying, "something is very, very wrong when, at the dawn of the 21st century, in the richest country on earth, people are actually nervous about driving over bridges for fear that they'll collapse."

Sen. Clinton announced the plan during a speech in Rochester, New Hampshire one week after the Minnesota bridge collapse that killed five people with eight still missing.

The initiative includes a $10 billion fund for infrastructure repairs over the course of 10 years, a $250 million grants program to allow states to inspect bridges like the bridge in Minnesota, and a $1.5 billion increase in federal funding for public transit.

– CNN Political Researcher Xuan Thai


Filed under: Hillary Clinton
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  1. Lance, Monrovia, CA

    Hillary Clinton is calling for an overhaul of infrastructure?

    Wow, that's really a genius revelation, ain't it? Way to be ahead of the pack and speak about an issue before it comes to a head, like in say... a major bridge collapse.

    Maybe you're talking about an overhaul of government, or an overhaul of your own reactionary campaign?

    The more I think of Hillary Clinton, the more I think she's the infrastructure in need of an overhaul.

    Something she said last night at the AFL-CIO debate really made me weary of her, well more so than I was already.

    She said, "If you need somebody to take on the right, I'm your girl."

    Great soundbite superleftgirl. The only thing is, YOU HAVEN'T BEEN TAKING ON THE RIGHT. You haven't been speaking up in Congress, you've been safely hiding, you blindly voted for a right sponsored disaster of a war and have never apologized for your mistake, you stand by and say nothing as others call for the impeachment of Bush and Cheney as they break law after law and craft bigger lie after lie to cover it.

    While the American Constitution goes the way of a bald eagle in a bathtub full of DDT you say nothing.

    Did I hear you speak up when Habius Corpus was reversed and when anyone's rights where stripped away merely by the "accusation" of being a terrorist?

    When Nancy Pelosi was arguing that point, or that wiretapping was illegal where you there beside her on C-SPAN?

    The two "girls" in action?

    Nope.

    When it was revealed that Alberto Gonzalez had tried to coerce John Ashcroft into signing an illegal surviellence program on possibly his deathbed were you speaking out in outrage like John Webb or Harry Reid or even Joe Biden?

    Were you even half as outspoken as Arlen Spector for cryin out loud, when he said that he's lost all crediblity in our Attorney General? Or when he found out that an attorney in his own office authorized provisions of the Patriot Act that give the President absolute sole authority, totally bypassing your own Congress, to decide arbitrarily who should be a U.S. Attorney?

    When it became known that the U.S. is outsourcing it's interrogations of POWs and suspected terrorists to countries in the former Soviet Union, Syria and Cuba, were you there besides the dozens of other Senators that loudly proclaimed it's unconstitutionality?

    Where you beside President Jimmy Carter a few months ago when he called George W. Bush the worst President in history?

    I think you were complaining somewhat about Bush, but it was not quite as loud, not quite as up front as Mr. Carter or the others, was it?

    Did you personally try and block the vote that 14 of your fellow democrats signed last Friday that made Bush's illegal spying on Americans over the last six years legal, even despite the total unconstitutionality of the law?

    Nope.

    Somehow, I doubt you're our girl, Mrs. Clinton. I think you'd be okay, maybe not as bad.

    Not bad ain't enough. Shame on you for pandering to the audience and making yourself into a progressive.

    YOU ARE NOT PROGRESSIVE, you are REACTIVE.

    If any infrastructure needs a major overhaul, it's that of the U.S. Government, starting with yourself.

    Obama '08. At least the man still has his integrity. It hasn't had time to be as corrupted as yours has been ma'am.

    Thank God he's running now, instead of waiting another 10 years to become as cautious as you have become.

    August 8, 2007 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  2. Bob, San Francisco, CA

    Just a small percentage of the money wasted on the war to control oil resources could be used to improve our own infrastructure. The conservatives will be howling about Clinton wanting to "raise your taxes" of course, being completely unaware about the incredible amounts of money being spent by the Republican-led government for far worse things. Just like they're naive enough to believe in global warming-deniers who are paid by the oil companies. The Flat Earth Society is alive and well in 2007.

    August 8, 2007 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  3. Shawnie - Grants Pass, OR

    She wants to bail everyone out of the mortgage crisis too. And the money grows on which tree?

    August 8, 2007 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  4. Lance, Monrovia, CA

    Great soundbite from Hillary Clinton.

    The only thing is, Mrs. Clinton... YOU HAVEN’T BEEN TAKING ON THE RIGHT. You haven’t been speaking up in Congress, you’ve been safely hiding, you blindly voted for a right sponsored disaster of a war and have never apologized for your mistake, you stand by and say nothing as others call for the impeachment of Bush and Cheney as they break law after law and craft bigger lie after lie to cover it.

    While the American Constitution goes the way of a bald eagle in a bathtub full of DDT you say nothing.

    Did I hear you speak up when Habius Corpus was reversed and when rights where stripped away merely by the “accusation” of being a terrorist?
    When Nancy Pelosi was arguing that point, or that wiretapping was illegal where you there beside her on C-SPAN?

    The two “girls” in action?

    Nope. Only one girl on that particular stage, and her name wasn't Clinton, it was defintely Pelosi.

    August 8, 2007 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  5. CMS, CA

    Jeez, run to the hot subject.

    Wasnt her husband in charge for 8 years? Hasnt she been a senator since then? Why is it now (after Bill/Hill's neglect) an emergency?

    August 9, 2007 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  6. Bob, Long Beach, CA

    There is also something very wrong when it takes much longer to build roads and bridges now then it did when they were originally built. Technology is supposed to make processes better, not slower

    August 9, 2007 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  7. Dick; Louisville, KY

    The shame goes further than just recognizing the decay of America's infrastructure. We have 400+ billions of tax payers dollars spent on a falsely justified and deceptively rationalized war that has only benefited Special Interests and a select few and, as with so much else, the subterfuge, apathy and costs are passed to the average American and future generations. The Bush administration's stubborn and arrogant self-indulgent focus on their private agenda aimed to benefit a select few is the real problem and shame.

    August 9, 2007 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  8. Anon

    Suprise! HRC's reaction to anything is to any hot topic is to throw money at it. 250 million to inspect bridges, divided by 50 states and the District of Columbia is 4.9 million per state, say aprox 50 bridges of this type per state, and you get under 100K per bridge. Also remember all the salary requirements of the inspectors, the equipment needed, and the states "cut" of the money. It sounds good as a campaign promise, but no real help will come of it. Empty promises yet again from HRC.

    August 9, 2007 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  9. Anon

    Also, 10 billon over 10 years, divided by 50 states and the D.C. is aprox 19.6 million per year. That is not near enough in additional funding if the sitution is as bad as claimed. Look at the average cost of repairing a 1 mile stretch of road in your city/state. You will be suprised at how expensive it is.

    August 9, 2007 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  10. spinstopper

    Crisis?? What a joke!
    In the 70's, 38% of our bridges failed inspection, nation wide. Today, less than 10% fail inspection. Not even close to a crisis Hillary.

    Actually, we should be holding Minnesota accountable for what they did with all those federal tax dollars they were already given for fixing bridges. This bridge has been failing inspection for over 10 years. So why is it now a crisis if we don't offer more taxpayer dollars?

    Gas is already over $2 a gallon. Where is all that extra money coming from Hillary.., "the rich"? Gas tax?? What, do only the rich buy gasoline???

    Accountability is the real crisis. Accountability from Minnesota and Hillary.

    August 9, 2007 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  11. James, Conshohocken PA

    Who are these people that are afraid to drive over bridges? I'd really like to meet them! I mean, I might be able to understand people are afraid now, since this has become an incredibly huge issue since the collapse. It's almost as bad as the war on terror. Let's slam down the American peoples throats how bad our bridges and buildings are AFTER they collapse. Until then, there is nothing to "fear". Pathetic...

    August 9, 2007 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  12. Chip Celina OH

    Can you say knee-jerk? And she is soooooooooo "Progressive." 'scuse me Hill, I think the word you're looking for is digressive.

    August 9, 2007 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  13. Bill Santa Fe, NM

    "Clinton said America is facing an “infrastructure crisis” saying, “something is very, very wrong"

    The "WRONG" is the democraptic party!

    August 9, 2007 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  14. Mark Plattsmouth Nebraska

    Many things should be looked at not just the infrastructure. How about one thing the handling of the mentally ill in this country. All these future politicians talk about this and that but not the mentally ill kids that really need help and the parents..

    August 10, 2007 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. Gary D. Currington Bullhead City, Az

    Unfortunately Obama may not have the right "name" in this day and age, let
    alone whether we as a nation will accept a black president or a woman
    president. There are to many that fear
    anything that sounds islamic, and also
    fear having a "woman" president.This
    election no doubt will be a turning
    point in our national conscience.

    August 11, 2007 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |

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