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All across America, our infrastructure is in need of repair and greater investment. Roads are cracking, bridges are crumbling, and dams and levees are aging. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), hundreds of thousands of water mains break every year, and nearly 25 percent of our nation’s bridges are either “structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.” Our electrical grid is estimated to lose around seven percent of all generated power during transmission and distribution. Federal investments for airports, waterways, and ports have also dwindled.
 
The American people deserve a transportation system that is not only modern and reliable, but one that helps individuals and families access economic opportunities for a better life.  We need a truly interconnected, multi-modal system that effectively utilizes high-speed rail, light rail, streetcars, vanpools, efficient buses, cars, bikes, sidewalks, and paths. We should also be investing in the next generation of clean energy and innovative technologies, which will improve the quality of our water and air while supporting job creation for America’s hard-hit construction and manufacturing sectors. Finally, we must continue to support and adequately fund the implementation of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) NextGen programs, which will improve the safety and efficiency of our National Airspace System (NAS). 

I have consistently called for a historic investment in our nation's infrastructure to accomplish this – an investment that would have tremendous economic benefits in South Florida and across the country. These types of investments would create tens of thousands of jobs and improve the lives of countless Americans.



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