Obama urges Congress to pass infrastructure bill
August 31st, 2011
11:04 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama urges Congress to pass infrastructure bill

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama called on Congress Wednesday to quickly renew legislation critical to maintenance and improvement of the nation's highway system, warning that failure to do so could have disastrous economic consequences.

The current Surface Transportation Bill is set to expire at the end of September.

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  1. FM

    This does not need any discussion. Irene has put everything on light that bad infrastructure can be washed away within a very short notice.

    August 31, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  2. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    After the destruction Irene left behind, our already crumbling bridges, outdated levees and earthquake threats to the east coast, it should be a no brainer for Congress to pass an infrastructure bill. But the 112th House TEApublicans has made the 112th Congress the worst in history.

    August 31, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  3. Inmyopinion

    I agree with President Obama 100%. I think every state needs to have its roads and specially wooden bridges upgraded and put in highways in remote areas to make it easier for small town people to get jobs, supplies in the big cities. It's time to modernize our country.

    August 31, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  4. NYC REPUB

    Another No from the Party of No.

    August 31, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  5. Bill from GA

    Repugs have their own "Jobs Bill". They take their old agenda and write "Jobs Bill" on top, then claim they are killing all of those 'job-killing regulations and taxes' on 'job-creators'.

    Those measures gave us the Great Recession, but now, they will work to save our economy. For Sure!!

    And all Good Ol Barry can come up with is to try to increase demand. As if all those economists really know anything. Buncha Eastern College Elitists! Next thing Barry will be preaching about Global Warming, or some other Scientific Nonsense.

    (Sorry, Mr. President, I was only kidding about that last part!)

    August 31, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  6. Sandy

    And Republicans jobs plan is to fix the tax code - that's it!
    Obama has the right idea.
    Obama 2012!

    August 31, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    Need I remind everyone of the 2007 MN I-35W bridge collapse to get people to understand just how necessary it is to keep our infrastructure improvements up to date? Pawlenty played that particular game of GOPer monetary roulette, and lost.

    August 31, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  8. Woman In California

    They WON'T Mr. President and I WON'T vote for any of them in 2012 either. They only want one thing and that is failure for you but they don't know it will also mean their failure as well because they will ALL be kicked out in 2012.

    August 31, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. Richard

    Wasn't this part of the stimulus package that we spent more then $1Trillion on. All the shovel ready jobs we heard so much about to fix highways and bridges, to repair our infrastructure. Where did all the money go! Why do we now need an infrastructure bill when this was suppose to have been done (at least some of it) over the past two years.
    So much that has been promised was never intended to be delivered! Obama seems like a nice guy but he has not done much of what he promised!

    August 31, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  10. vic , nashville ,tn

    If we have 2 to 5 inch rain many rods and bridges has to be close Many Governors’ office, state legislators, US house GOP has majority past 8 months. They are ignoring our Jobs ,education health care and infrastructure
    Gop care about Rich in America and Iraq Afghan hwys and bridges

    August 31, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. Randy

    Why not let the states impose thier own gas tax, take care of thier own roads and bridges, and remove the fed as the middle man?

    August 31, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  12. Joe

    is is plan going to be read or just shoved down are throats like the other disaster Obama Care

    August 31, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  13. Tony

    This means Republicans will now oppose rebuilding the nation's infrastructure, because Obama is for it. Oh well, at least the Tea Partiers on their biennial national tours will have to travel on unsafe highways . If their buses crash on unsafe highways because the government does not maintain or rebuild them, then maybe it will be worth it.

    August 31, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  14. Randy

    I also think it's funny that CNN didn't mention this was about the 18.4 cent/gallon gas tax.

    August 31, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  15. Sniffit

    "Why not let the states impose thier own gas tax, take care of thier own roads and bridges, and remove the fed as the middle man?"

    Seeing as how we have a national roadway system that constitutes the single biggest instrumentality of interstate commerce in the country, what you propose would actually be inserting 50 middle-men, not removing 1.

    August 31, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  16. Sniffit

    "This means Republicans will now oppose rebuilding the nation's infrastructure, because Obama is for it."

    Not to mention that it would provide thousands and thousands of jobs for contruction workers who belong to unions.

    August 31, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  17. Travis

    No mention of this "Transportation Bill" actually being a gas tax. Obama wants to extend it, which is at 18.5 cents. Why can't you just call it what it is, a "TAX".

    August 31, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  18. Ray E. Georgia

    Well Gee Folks,
    John F. Kennedy said, THINK NOT WHAT YOUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU, BUT WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR COUNTRY. The only thing he forgot to add is SEND MONEY! Folks, you forgot to send the money! So now we have a 15 Trillion dollar federal debt and are up the Creek without a paddle. SO, you need to begin sending that money soon if you want those roads repaired!

    August 31, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  19. Randy

    Sniffit, even though I don't agree with you most the time, I respect your posts. But the above is stupid. The fed collects the money supposedly passes it to the states to get the work done. Either way the states are in the process.

    August 31, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  20. Jim

    Agreed, we can borrow say a trillion or two, tax the rich, expand unions and pay twice the cost to repair our roads and bridges and expand the democrats voting base at the same time. Sounds like a win to me.

    Somebody explain, between all levels of government we tax fuel at over 40 cents a gallon, that is 500% more income to the government for roads and bridges then the oil companies profit from the fuel, so where did that money go? Ooooops, union wages, my bad.

    August 31, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  21. TEA PARTY Mike

    No Republicans are saying the Surface Transportation Bill should expire. A debate over the cost and duration of the extension is valid. A difference of opinion on how much to spend and how long to extend does not amount to a desire to not spend or extend at all. Obama tells these lies all the time for political brinkmanship. Is Obama calling on Democrats to accept the Republicans level of spending and duration of extension without any compromise or is he calling on Republicans to accept the Democrats terms without any compromise? The only purpose of Obama's remarks is to divide our nation sill further for his own political gain.

    August 31, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  22. Fair is Fair

    "Not to mention that it would provide thousands and thousands of jobs for contruction workers who belong to unions."
    ----
    Yes, it would. The problem I see is that a disproportionate amount of funding would find it's way into one sector of the economy (construction in this example). And while I agree that the construction industry continues to be hit hard, MANY other sectors have been hit hard as well.

    August 31, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    Inmyopinion

    I agree with President Obama 100%. I think every state needs to have its roads and specially wooden bridges upgraded and put in highways in remote areas to make it easier for small town people to get jobs, supplies in the big cities. It's time to modernize our country.
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    You have forgotten the Tea Party Spring. Republicans in Congress and Governer's mansions across the country have already voted down, rejected, or vetoed any all bills related to infrastructure, especially high-speed rail projects, bridge repairs and replacements, new transit lines, upgrading water treatment and filtering facilities, and building new schools.

    August 31, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    TEA PARTY Mike wrote:
    No Republicans are saying the Surface Transportation Bill should expire. A debate over the cost and duration of the extension is valid. A difference of opinion on how much to spend and how long to extend does not amount to a desire to not spend or extend at all.
    ------------–
    Tell that to the FAA, and the airport construction project workers across the country.

    "Obama tells these lies all the time for political brinkmanship. The only purpose of Obama's remarks is to divide our nation sill further for his own political gain."

    Now the above is the real lie that's being told.

    August 31, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |