August 2nd, 2007
11:07 AM ET
11 years ago

Reid: Country needs to look at infrastructure

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, said Thursday that the Minneapolis bridge collapse should be a “wake-up call” for the country.

“We have all over the country crumbling infrastructure - highways, bridges, dams - and we really need to take a hard look at this,” said Reid.

In addition to being the “right thing to do,” Reid also said that repairing infrastructure was “good for America.” “For every billion dollars we spend in our crumbling infrastructure, 47,000 high-paying jobs are created,” added Reid.

The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a team to Minneapolis to investigate the cause of the bridge collapse.

- CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart

Filed under: Harry Reid
soundoff (131 Responses)
  1. Tom Gflendale, AZ

    Country needs to stop wasting hundreds of
    billions in Iraq and apply that money to defending our ports and borders and fixing our rotting infrastructure.

    August 3, 2007 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. Tom Dedham, Mass

    I knew you liberal morons would equate this that Bush sucks somehow.

    Congressman, Senators and your local reps handle this type of stuff (exclusive of party) and in fact there was bridge work going on at the time.

    In Mass we have tolls that were supposed to go way years ago, but have remained in place to COLLECT BILLIONS so we can SUPPOSEDLY pay for repairs.

    Anyone drive in my state lately, the roads suck period.

    The money is there, but gets misused by HACKS from BOTH side of the aisle.

    Don't kid yourselves liberals that this is a Republican problem, BOTH of the do-nothing parties are accountable not for the bridge collapsing, but for wasting monies that could go to paying for upkeep and repairs being done.

    To appease you losers, Bush is indeed and idiot, feel better?

    August 3, 2007 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. Anonymous

    I love the comparisons between the war and infrastructure. Seeing as how we are paying for the war with funds borrowed from China, would you have preferred we put ourselves in debt to fund the infrastructure?

    August 3, 2007 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  4. Mike Young, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

    Very Sad-our Congress held up funding for FaHA for two years 2005-2006 over pork, and increased retirement for themselves.

    Florida now says that bids over 10% engineers estimates are non responsive. So more than $2 billion , bid and not awarded.

    Cost's money to bid, a lot!

    No wonder we spend so much on gasoline, sit in traffic most of our day.

    We need to get rid of incompetant, layered, bureaucrats retireing in FL on our money! Then replaced by more stupid.

    Why worry about bridges when we have saving Iraq?

    Please vote locally, and nationally when you can.

    Mike Young

    August 3, 2007 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  5. Don Cordell, Lancaster, CA

    I President Don want you to look at informationon for our budget of 2007 and review all the items our tax money is being spent on. I hope this format is readable, as it should be an eye opener. This is 163 items of in excess of 25,000 items.
    Chamber Appropriation Bill Amount
    and Project
    House TTHUD $500,000
    Renovate the Public Pool in Banning, California
    House Labor-HHS $175,000
    Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy
    Senate Agriculture $1,000,000
    Mormon Cricket & Grasshopper Activities in Utah
    Senate TTHUD $800,000
    National Women's Hall of Fame, Seneca Falls, New York
    House TTHUD $500,000
    Traffic Calming, Windermere, Florida
    House Commerce $250,000
    Montana World Trade Center
    Senate Labor-HHS $1,000,000
    Clinton School of Public Service, Little Rock, Arkansas. (WHY?)
    House Labor-HHS $75,000 Arts Quest—The Banana Factory, Bethlehem,PA(WHY?)
    House TTHUD $700,000
    Parking Lot Repairs, Asnuntuck Community College, Enfield, Connecticut
    House TTHUD $150,000
    Mt. Zion Federal Credit Union, San Antonio, Texas
    Senate Commerce $575,000
    Detroit Renaissance, (Private Hotel in Downtown Detroit, WHY?)
    House Agriculture $365,156
    Potato Breeding, Aberdeen, Idaho
    Senate Agriculture $842,000
    Alabama Beef Connection
    Senate Agriculture $227,000
    Dairy Education in Iowa
    House Agriculture $387,976
    Manure Management Research, Ames, Iowa
    House TTHUD $400,000 Signal/Intersection Improvement, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Senate Interior $250,000
    Mother's Day Shrine Building, Grafton, West Virginia
    Senate Agriculture $591,000
    Montana Sheep Institute
    House Agriculture $392,832
    Citrus Waste Utilization, Winter Haven, Florida
    House Interior $250,000
    Capitol Music Hall, West Virginia
    Senate Agriculture $573,000
    Food Marketing Policy Center,Conn
    Senate DC $350,000
    National Council of La Raza, Washington DC
    House TTHUD $250,000
    Construction of a Park, Portland,IN
    House TTHUD $500,000
    Intermodal Parking Garage, Fitchburg, Massachusetts
    House TTHUD $1,000,000
    Xerox Area Road Improvements, Monroe County, New York
    Senate TTHUD $200,000
    Tom Green County Library, Texas
    Senate Commerce $300,000
    City of Columbus Train Depot
    House Agriculture $603,409
    Pecan Scab Research, Byron, Georgia
    Senate Agriculture $587,000
    Ohio-Israel Agriculture Initiative
    Senate Agriculture $6,371,000
    Wood Utilization Research in 10 States
    House TTHUD $100,000
    Signage & Streetscape Improvements, Fashion District Business Improvement District, Los Angeles, California
    House TTHUD $300,000
    Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center,CA
    House Commerce $750,000
    Fairplex Trade & Conference Center, Pomona, CA (privately owned)
    House TTHUD $100,000
    Convert the Coca-Cola Bottling Plant into a Culture & Arts Center, Romney, West Virginia
    House Labor-HHS $50,000
    Documents & Artifacts Relating to the Public Service of Sens. Francis Case & George McGovern, George & Eleanor McGovern Library, Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, South Dakota
    Senate Labor-HHS $250,000
    Jazz Education Programs in Alaska Schools, Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, Washington, DC
    Senate Labor-HHS $250,000
    Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, NY House Labor-HHS $200,000
    American Jazz Museum, Kansas City, Mo
    House Labor-HHS $100,000
    Toledo Jazz Society, Toledo, Ohio
    House Commerce $200,000
    Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry & Tourism
    Senate Agriculture $350,000
    World Food Prize
    House Agriculture $628,843
    Grape Genetics, Geneva, New York
    Senate Energy & Water $500,000
    Green Shingle Initiative, Tennessee
    Senate TTHUD $2,500,000
    Tongass Coast Aquarium, Ketchikan, Alaska
    Senate TTHUD $750,000
    Repaving the Battleship New Jersey Access Road (Clinton Street), NJ
    House TTHUD $250,000
    Paving of SD 34 East from Madison, SD House Agriculture $3,743,014
    Formosan Termite, New Orleans, LA
    House TTHUD $150,000
    Demolish Abandoned Church, Raytown,MO
    House TTHUD $500,000
    4th Street Underpass, Monroe, Louisiana
    Senate Energy & Water $1,750,000
    Mine of the Future, New Mexico
    Senate Agriculture $198,000
    Horn Fly Research, Alabama
    House TTHUD $250,000
    Library Construction, Miami-Dade College, Florida
    House TTHUD $400,000
    South Valley Community Dental, Albuquerque, New Mexico
    House TTHUD $450,000
    Expansion of Southfield Road, Southfield, Michigan
    House Labor-HHS $300,000
    Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati, Ohio
    House Energy & Water $750,000
    Sewer Project, Guernsey County, Ohio
    House Commerce $300,000
    Bronx Council, to Market Local Business Arts Initiatives
    Senate TTHUD $800,000
    Build a Cobb Performing Arts Centre, Cobb County, Georgia
    Senate TTHUD $200,000
    Build a Downtown Parking Structure, Provo, Utah
    House Labor-HHS $200,000
    National Teachers Hall of Fame, Emporia, Kansas
    Senate TTHUD $200,000
    Daly Mansion Preservation Trust
    Senate Agriculture $232,000
    National Wild Turkey Federation
    House Labor-HHS $300,000American Ballet Theatre, New York, New York
    House Agriculture $1,913,866
    Bovine Genetics, Beltsville, Maryland
    Senate Agriculture $495,000
    Citrus Canker, Florida
    House Labor-HHS $150,000
    Fair Play, Girl Scouts of the USA, Washington, DC
    House TTHUD $150,000
    Greenpoint Manufacturing Design Center, Brooklyn, New York
    House TTHUD $1,500,000Construction of the William Faulkner Museum, University of Mississippi
    Senate TTHUD $400,000
    Four Bands Community Fund, Eagle Butte, South Dakota
    Senate DC $50,000
    Youth Baseball Partnership with Payne Elementary School, Washington DC
    Senate Labor-HHS $200,000
    Monterey Bay Aquarium, California
    House Interior $400,000
    Tennessee Civil War Heritage Area
    House Commerce $150,000
    Local Business requirements & Improvements, Arthur Avenue Retail Market
    House TTHUD $250,000
    Construction of a Facility, Bogalusa, Louisiana
    Senate TTHUD $1,000,000
    Port of Anchorage Road Improvements, Alaska
    Senate TTHUD $200,000
    Hudson Valley Community College Model Automotive Dealership, Troy, New York
    House TTHUD $250,000
    Renovate the Diamond Bar High School Community Sports Field, Diamond Bar, California
    House TTHUD $350,000
    Streetscape Improvements & Off-Street Parking, Valdosta, Georgia
    House TTHUD $500,000
    Bridgeview Bridge Bike Path, Michigan
    House Commerce $1,000,000
    Southern & Eastern Kentucky Tourism Development Association
    House Labor-HHS $300,000
    Play It Smart Program, National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, Morristown, New Jersey
    Senate Labor-HHS $750,000
    Ed Roberts Campus, Berkeley, California
    Senate TTHUD $200,000
    Development of the Performing Arts Centre, Temple, Texas
    House Interior $75,000
    Tom Custer House, North Carolina
    Senate Commerce $300,000
    Central Alabama Woman's Business Center
    House TTHUD $400,000
    Pedestrian Trail Extension, Hammond, Indiana
    House Interior $8,754,000
    Water System, Death Valley National Park, California
    House Interior $100,000
    Gold Bug/Meagher House, California
    House Labor-HHS $150,000
    History Museum of East Otter Tail County, Perham, Minnesota
    House Commerce $50,000
    Community Development, Out-of-Doors Program, Bronx, New York
    House Commerce $50,000
    Economic & Community Development, Thorpe Family Residence, Bronx, NY
    House TTHUD $500,000
    Renovate the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library, Hyde Park, NY
    House TTHUD $500,000
    Next Generation Hybrid Electric Transit Bus, Broome County, New York
    House TTHUD $100,000 Mac Arthur Park, Los Angeles, California (Drug hangout, 100% Hispanic area)
    House Labor-HHS $100,000
    Youth For Tomorrow, Bristow, Virginia
    House Interior $200,000
    Opera House Theater, Texas
    House Interior $250,000
    Maverick Concert Hall, New York
    House Interior $100,000
    Brown Mansion, Kansas
    Senate Labor-HHS $500,000
    Sister to Sister—Everyone Has a Heart Foundation, Washington, DC
    Senate Labor-HHS $200,000
    Western Folklife Center, Elko, Nevada
    House TTHUD $150,000
    Brays Bayou Hike & Bike Trail, Houston, Texas
    House TTHUD $1,500,000
    Sawyer County Airport, Wisconsin
    House TTHUD $500,000
    Belleville Road & Ecorse Road Intersection, Michigan
    House TTHUD $250,000
    Convert the Strand Theater Arts Center Into a Performing Arts Center, Plattsburgh, New York
    House TTHUD $500,000 WAMC
    Northeast Public Radio, Albany, NY
    House Interior $50,000
    Spencer Ice Plant, West Virginia
    House Interior $200,000
    W.A. Young & Son's Foundry, Penn
    Senate Interior $250,000
    Forsyth, Georgia City Hall
    House Labor-HHS $100,000
    Cyber Seniors, Detroit, Michigan for the Experience Senior Power Program
    House Labor-HHS $100,000
    Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, Tri-County Educational Service Center, Wooster, Ohio
    House TTHUD $200,000
    Buses, Gainesville Florida
    House TTHUD $180,000
    Recreational Park Road, Kentucky
    House TTHUD $50,000 White Plains Youth Sports Complex, Calhoun County, Alabama
    Senate TTHUD $3,000,000
    Carson City Freeway-Phase 2, Nevada
    House TTHUD $300,000
    Pedestrian Walkway/Streetscaping, Ellenville, New York
    Senate TTHUD $200,000
    Construct a Multi-Generational Recreation Facility in North Las Vegas, Nevada
    House TTHUD $200,000
    Franklin Streetscape, West Virginia
    Senate Labor-HHS $140,000
    Sports Done Right, University of Maine
    House TTHUD $3,225,000
    Bus Replacement, Detroit, Michigan (City owned?)
    Senate Labor-HHS $250,000
    Carnegie Hall, New York, New York
    House TTHUD $50,000
    Field Improvements, Fairfax County,VA
    House TTHUD $400,000
    Chassahowitzka Refuge Access Road Improvement, Florida
    House TTHUD $250,000
    Alpine Traffic Relief Route Study in Texas
    Senate TTHUD $750,000
    Acquisition of the Ward Cove Cannery Property, Craig, Alaska
    Senate TTHUD $200,000
    Hawaii Nature Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
    House TTHUD $500,000
    Rehabilitate Kapiolani Boulevard & Atkinson Drive, Hawaii
    House TTHUD $50,000 Community Theater Renovations, Lineville, Alabama
    House TTHUD $100,000
    Industrial Park Development, Birmingham, Alabama
    House TTHUD $600,000
    Isanti Bike Trail, Cambridge, Minnesota
    House TTHUD $150,000
    12th &14th Avenue Road Reconstruction, Madawaska, Maine
    Senate TTHUD $200,000
    Stadium Theatre, Woonsocket, RI
    House TTHUD $250,000
    Construct a Business School at Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA House TTHUD $1,500,000
    Pinellas Bicycle Trail Extension, FL
    Senate TTHUD $200,000
    Historic Plaza Theatre, Laredo, Texas
    House TTHUD $1,000,000
    State Street Improvements, Madison,WI
    House TTHUD $450,000
    Regional Bus Replacement, San Diego Co, California
    House Commerce $800,000
    JARI for a Regional Business Incubator
    Senate Interior $250,000
    Polish American Cultural Center,PA
    House Labor-HHS $125,000
    National Museum of Industrial History, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
    House Interior $150,000
    John Henry Historical Park, WV
    House TTHUD $1,000,000
    Diley Road Improvements, Pickerington, Ohio
    Senate Agriculture $300,000
    Medusahead Research, Burns, Oregon
    House TTHUD $400,000
    Shaw Road Extension, Puyallup, WA
    House Labor-HHS $100,000
    Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, for its National Summer Teacher Institute
    House TTHUD $100,000
    Community Center Construction, Marin County, California
    House Labor-HHS $300,000
    Guam Memorial Hospital, Tamuning, Guam
    House Energy & Water $1,000,000
    City of Orrville Water Main Replacement
    House TTHUD $800,000
    Devils Lake Airport, North Dakota
    Senate Commerce $400,000
    City of Pascagoula Economic Development
    Senate Interior $500,000
    Beaver Creek Watershed Restoration Project, Knox County, Tennessee
    Senate TTHUD $200,000
    Providence Performing Arts Center,RI Senate Agriculture $361,000
    Center for Rural Studies, Vermont
    House Labor-HHS $650,000
    Virtual Vietnam Archive, Texas Tech University, Lubbock
    Senate Interior $150,000
    Big Timber Carnegie Public Library, MT
    House TTHUD $450,000
    Demolition of a Structure in Fort Dodge, Iowa
    House Interior $450,000
    Automobile National Heritage Area
    House TTHUD $1,700,000
    Chesapeake & Delaware Canal Recreation Trail, Delaware
    House TTHUD $500,000
    Construct a Multipurpose Athletic Facility at Crafton Hills College, Yucaupa, California
    House Labor-HHS $100,000
    PRONTO of Long Island, Inc., Bayshore, New York
    House TTHUD $250,000
    Ossian Park, Fairfax County, Virginia
    Senate Agriculture $150,000
    Shellfish Genetics, Oregon State University
    House Commerce $350,000
    National Center for Community Renewal
    Senate Interior $250,000
    Grand Opera House, Iowa
    House Labor-HHS $75,000
    ‘‘Building Foundations’’ Project, Women’s Center of Beaver County, PA Senate TTHUD $300,000
    Reconstruction of the Robert Frost Farm, New Hampshire Dept. of Resources & Economic Development

    August 8, 2007 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  6. shanta

    i life wilson nc there are no good jobs in wilson nc,they're makeing it hard everyday to get a good job.., that bad because i'm willing to work so i can pay my bills,we need some charges in wilson nc please help

    October 9, 2007 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
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