Most Americans, however, have little idea how far this country has fallen behind on meeting these needs. Yet, without modern infrastructure, the US cannot create decent jobs, social justice or climate safety. After decades of delay, now is the time for President Joe Biden to go big.
Yet important political work still lies ahead. The Biden administration should do three things to advance its infrastructure initiative. First, it should lay out a comprehensive program addressing the major infrastructure needs. Pelosi’s list of priorities — transportation, energy, water, education and broadband — would meet that goal. The administration must also show plans for a true “green and digital” modernization of the US infrastructure, one that will create jobs, raise productivity, protect the environment and ensure nondiscriminatory access to infrastructure services.
While many Republicans in Congress, still stuck in the past, are likely to oppose Biden’s infrastructure bill, Americans around the country are clearly ready, willing and able to get started on building the new American economy.