Opinion: Revitalizing our country’s infrastructure should be high on Congress’ to-do list
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - There is a lot for our elected officials to tackle - the budget, resolution on DACA, full reauthorization of CHIP, a decision on the fate of the Iran deal entered into by President Obama. Republicans hold the majority in both houses of Congress. They should focus on a signature undertaking, something on the scale of tax reform.
A push to revitalize our country’s infrastructure makes a ton of sense.
For starters, it is badly needed. Take a look at the roads, bridges, tunnels, utility poles around your town. We all know a massive rebuild is necessary. The American Society of Civil Engineers released its 2017 report. It gave the state of America’s infrastructure a D+, the same exact terrible rating as its last report in 2013.
Politically, infrastructure can be a bipartisan issue. It is something both Republicans and Democrats have agreed on in the past. The only real reason I could see the Democrats not supporting this is because they wouldn't want to give President Trump and Republicans in Congress a win.
If they don't make a real honest effort to come to the table on infrastructure, Democrats are going to have a tough time explaining to their voters why they are not supporting a program which would strengthen the very bones of America while employing scores of Americans in doing so.
Here is the bottom line: it is about time we see a real, honest undertaking of infrastructure in our country. Placing infrastructure legislation high on the to-do list makes sense politically and the right thing to do for our country as a whole.