Improving Infrastructure

Senator Roy Blunt
2017-03-03 15:28:19
Roy Blunt, US Senator for Missouri [image = blunt.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/CROP.jpg] Dear Unity, Earlier this week President Donald Trump spoke to Congress and the American people, laying out an agenda focused on expanding economic opportunity, improving education, and protecting communities. I was particularly encouraged to hear the president talk about the dire need to rebuild our nation�s crumbling infrastructure. Doing so would have a major impact on our state, and the nation. As the nexus of the nation�s highway, railway, airway, and waterway transportation networks, Missouri�s infrastructure system is our biggest competitive advantage in 21st century economy. Families, small businesses, and communities across our state rely on infrastructure to connect with their customers, and ultimately drive our state�s economy. Unfortunately, President Obama�s administration failed to prioritize the need to fix our nation�s crumbling infrastructure. For example, county-owned bridges make up 52 percent of Missouri�s bridges, and 30 percent of them are structurally deficient or obsolete. Nationally, America�s infrastructure received a D+ on the American Society of Civil Engineers� 2013 report card. That�s why I led successful efforts in Congress to secure a long-term highway funding bill in 2015, the first in 10 years. This law gives transportation planners and industry leaders the long-term certainty they need to promote investment, ensure the safety and reliability of existing infrastructure, and expedite the permitting process for new projects. While the long-term highway bill included resources to improve Missouri�s bridges, passenger rail, roads, and airports, there is still plenty of work to be done to modernize Missouri�s infrastructure. We�re only a few months into President Trump�s term, but his significant commitment to improving infrastructure presents a great opportunity to create better jobs, fuel stronger growth, and ensure Missouri remains competitive in the global economy.� You can join the conversation by sharing your thoughts on Facebook [link 1], Twitter [link 2], and on Instagram [link 3]. Sincere regards, [image = blunt.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/RDB_Signature.jpg]

Dear Unity,

Earlier this week President Donald Trump spoke to Congress and the American people, laying out an agenda focused on expanding economic opportunity, improving education, and protecting communities.

I was particularly encouraged to hear the president talk about the dire need to rebuild our nation�s crumbling infrastructure. Doing so would have a major impact on our state, and the nation.

As the nexus of the nation�s highway, railway, airway, and waterway transportation networks, Missouri�s infrastructure system is our biggest competitive advantage in 21st century economy. Families, small businesses, and communities across our state rely on infrastructure to connect with their customers, and ultimately drive our state�s economy.

Unfortunately, President Obama�s administration failed to prioritize the need to fix our nation�s crumbling infrastructure.

For example, county-owned bridges make up 52 percent of Missouri�s bridges, and 30 percent of them are structurally deficient or obsolete. Nationally, America�s infrastructure received a D+ on the American Society of Civil Engineers� 2013 report card.

That�s why I led successful efforts in Congress to secure a long-term highway funding bill in 2015, the first in 10 years. This law gives transportation planners and industry leaders the long-term certainty they need to promote investment, ensure the safety and reliability of existing infrastructure, and expedite the permitting process for new projects.

While the long-term highway bill included resources to improve Missouri�s bridges, passenger rail, roads, and airports, there is still plenty of work to be done to modernize Missouri�s infrastructure.

We�re only a few months into President Trump�s term, but his significant commitment to improving infrastructure presents a great opportunity to create better jobs, fuel stronger growth, and ensure Missouri remains competitive in the global economy. 

You can join the conversation by sharing your thoughts on Sincere regards,

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