Should Congress Overhaul the Infrastructure of the United States?

The topic of internal improvements and the federal government’s role in managing our nation’s infrastructure has been a perennial issue throughout our history. Over the past several months, Congress has hotly debated the topic of an infrastructure bill, raising questions over what policies will best help the United States.

Those who argue that Congress should overhaul the infrastructure of the United States contend that our current system is inadequate to meet the needs of a modern nation. They argue that our roads are outdated, too many people do not have access to the internet, and that funding is needed to prepare for climate change-related disasters. Additionally, they claim that the power to make this type of overhaul rests with the federal government because it relates to the general welfare of all Americans.

Those who argue that Congress should not overhaul the infrastructure of the United States contend that while our current system may need some changes, it does not justify committing large funds and manpower to change numerous things. They argue that patchwork projects are sufficient to maintaining what is generally an overall sufficient infrastructure. Additionally, they claim that state governments are more adept at undertaking infrastructure projects as they have the constitutional authority to do so and are far more knowledgeable about local issues.

So, what do you think? Should Congress Overhaul the Infrastructure of the United States? Students can answer Yes, it should; No, it should not; or a nuanced answer in between! Be sure to submit your answers by November 23rd to be considered for this week’s competition.

Note: Ideal Think the Vote responses include the following:

-Address the question asked in a thoughtful and meaningful manner

-Use cited facts and constitutional arguments when appropriate to support their answers

-Are expressed in cohesive sentences and are free of distracting spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors

-They address counter-arguments and opposing concerns in a respectful manner

-They organize their answer in a manner that flows logically and reads clearly

Current Standings:
Yes: 68%
No: 32%
  • Victoria from Illinois

    Infrastructure is the foundation on which our country is built, fostering and supporting the success of our nation. However, often in America, this very infrastructure is left ignored and unkempt, receiving a C- in the 2021 Infrastructure Report Card from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). I urge you to say yes and agree that Congress should overhaul the infrastructure of the United States of America for the following contentions: infrastructure is crucial to the economic health of our country, and relying on local action would disproportionately hurt poorer communities.

    Infrastructure is vital to the economic, educational, and social systems of a nation. Today I say yes to improving our bridges, roads, broadband, water, and energy systems, ensuring stability in the system which harbors our transportation and travel. America’s current infrastructure is hurting our nation, according to the 2021 ASCE report, 43% of public roadways are in poor or mediocre condition, and 42% of bridges are over 50 years old — 7.5% of which are deemed structurally deficient. By 2039, ASCE predicts that the state of American infrastructure will lead to a GDP loss of 10 trillion US dollars. To protect our standing as a strong nation, we need a strong foundation, and with the cost that our infrastructure has taken our country, we must put the funds in to build back better.

    Although those on the negation may claim that infrastructure should be the responsibility of local governments, they fail to realize how relying on local governments disproportionately affects lower-income areas. Poor infrastructure has many harmful effects on citizens, hazardous areas creating health concerns, damaged roads leading to car expenses, lack of rail transits and bridges preventing citizens from commuting to better-paying jobs, and more. Often in America, low-income communities have an inadequate infrastructure. In a study from Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering in August 2020, researchers Samuel Jones and Daniel Armanios found that much of US bridges are built to connect wealthier communities to businesses centers and other services, often ignoring lower-income constituents. The lack of bridges in poorer neighborhoods isolates these communities, limiting access to better jobs, healthcare, and service. Although local governments may have more expertise on the needs of their communities, governments of low-income communities receive less in taxes and have less funding to implement infrastructure improvements. Lack of funding leads to worse infrastructure, which further hurts their economy, creating a cycle of poverty. Funding infrastructure on a national level breaks provides the resources needed for these lower-income communities to break the cycle of underfunding and create a better foundation for our nation.

    In conclusion, I urge you to say yes and invest in the success of our nation with a Congressional overhaul that will boost the economy and help America thrive.

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  • Sydney from Illinois

    To an extent, I believe that Congress should overhaul the infrastructure of the United States. Without analyzing shortcomings and implementing solutions, no country will sustainably develop and push forward. Additionally, infrastructure is important through every lens of the United States such as educational, economic, and social lenses. Because of this, infrastructure should be prioritized and constantly improved as society and the world develops over time. However, the United States has not prioritized improving this infrastructure which is visible throughout the country. With transportation, internet access, health regulations, food and water accessibility, and other various things becoming outdated, this has led to health conditions, poverty, and injuries. However, there are solutions through the implementation of an infrastructure bill.
    While I do believe that Congress should overall be responsible for the infrastructure of the United States, I believe that Congress should give states categorical grants. It is not feasible for Congress to directly be in charge of implementing change within every state and area of the United States. Because of the size of the country, this would be incredibly difficult. However, categorical grants would give Congress the power to give general instruction on how to use the grant money while the state will be able to better cater for what their individual state and constituents need. Not only would this be more efficient for Congress, but this would also allow states to better analyze what their state needs and use this grant to come up with a customized plan for the state. Through these grants, states will be able to combat the shortcomings and issues regarding their own states such as specific bridges, roads, low-income areas, etc..
    Overall, I believe that it is important to support Congress’ potential bill regarding the infrastructure of the United States. Without an open mindset, it is impossible for this country to continue to develop and grow. Therefore, analyzing and combating the needs of the United States will allow the country to boost the economy, increase productivity, and become an efficient nation.

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  • Aanchal from Illinois

    In my opinion, Congress should overhaul the infrastructure of the United States. Currently, we are unable to meet the standards of the modern nation and it is the federal government’s duty to look out for the welfare of all Americans and big funds are needed to make significant changes in our infrastructure. Our nation the dependent on our infrastructure which fosters the success of our nation and so far we haven’t done a very good job of giving it the attention that is needed. According to the 2021 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, we have a score of C-. This is a call of action to overhaul our infrastructure.

    When our infrastructure worsens, it can cause problems for people on a daily basis like health complications. One example is that our nation has 2.2 million miles of underground pipes that can deliver safe, reliable water but that system is aging and in need of more attention. Unfortunately, they are heavily underfunded and about 6 billion gallons of treated and drinkable water is lost every day. Over 12,000 miles of water pipes were planned to be replaced but never got replaced. Our nation is in need of clean water because unsafe water being provided causes many illnesses.

    With more advancements in transportation, more people are likely to buy cars and drive. Roads are needed for transportation use and moving goods but roads are heavily underfunded and according to the Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, 40% of the system is in mediocre condition. The roads are unsafe for people and thousands of people die yearly due to poor road conditions. There are about 786 billion dollars in the backlog of money needed for roads and bridges. The increase of severe weather events damages the roads and bridges which has a huge impact on the economy itself. With climate change, road maintenance needs to evolve with the natural changes and there is not enough funding to provide the proper maintenance to keep the communities safe.

    There are many reasons and examples as to why Congress must overhaul the infrastructure of the United States. I urge you to say yes to investing in the betterment of the future of the nation and the people. In the end, it saves the people and protects our communities from a lost opportunity to better our infrastructure.

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  • Brodde from Texas

    The infrastructure of the United States in many places is very old, worm out, and outdated. We need new infrastructure and access to money for it, but we do not need a pork filled bill that addresses everything under the sun to the tune of 3 trillion dollars. Looking around the part of the state where I live there are interstate highways that need to be built and repaired and bridges that have been damaged in hurricanes that should be replaced.

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  • Helen from District Of Columbia

    Congress should overhaul the infrastructure of the United States. The infrastructure in the United States is in need of repair, especially to prepare for the climate disasters that are coming and already here, like the tornadoes in Kansas, Tennessee, and Illinois. This is the federal government’s responsibility, because they have the money. Many local and state governments don’t have enough money to overhaul their infrastructure, but the federal government does.

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  • Marcus from Ohio

    Infrastructure is a broad topic that includes many necessities and services to increase the general welfare. If you imagine a world without infrastructure, you’d probably be thinking of a world worse than the Dark Ages and about as uncivilized as the Stone Age. Without infrastructure we would be left without any way of transportation, communication, and our lives would be significantly more difficult.
    By this demonstration you have probably realized the importance and sheer necessity of infrastructure. If we let something so important waste away, then we’re loosing a precious opportunity. If we continue to ignore the issues with the current system then we won’t be able to fix the problems that we currently have with the infrastructure. We cannot keep putting this issue off and assume that everything will continue to function. Without infrastructure the entire country will not be able to function and it is a necessity that we stop the infrastructure from ever failing.

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  • Ella from Virginia

    Yes, I do believe that Congress should overhaul the infrastructure of the United States. Infrastructure is a very broad topic that includes many aspects such as public transportation, energy, and the environment. However, these areas have had major problems for multiple years. Public transportation is severely underfunded, which results in broken equipment with no means to repair it. Those who rely on public transportation are then left with no ability to travel, making it difficult for them to work or see their loved ones. Although the United States has access to more efficient, sustainable types of energy, the country is still dependent on fossil fuels. As these are finite resources, they will eventually run out. With the current infrastructure of the United States, this would be disastrous as there is little to no use of sustainable energy. Additionally, these fossil fuels are extremely harmful to the environment. The usage of coal, oil, and natural gas produces tremendous amounts of pollution. The environment is in critical condition, with climate change and global warming on the rise. With the current infrastructure of the United States, this will continue to worsen until the climate crisis is pushed beyond the point of return. While there are concerns that it would be too great of an effort to overhaul the infrastructure, I do not see any other way to keep the country running efficiently. Simply providing more funding will not work. First off, the United States is over $29 trillion in debt at the time of writing this response. Adding more funding to the current infrastructure will only increase the debt with no way to solve it. In addition to more funding adding to the national debt, more money will not fix the larger problems in these areas. Allowing them to limp along as they are will result in them continuing to operate at a subpar level. When they are no longer able to operate, there will be no alternative prepared. We need to make a change, and I believe that the best way to do this is by allowing Congress to overhaul the infrastructure of the United States.

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  • will from Virginia

    should congress overhaul the infrastructure bill? the infrastructure bill that was passed earlier this year has allowed for 1.2 trillion dollars for fixing roads, bridges, canals, ports, and other essential infrastructure to our country. the question still stands however should states or congress be in charge of implementing the repairs. I believe the answer is simple. while states would theoretically know what they need more than congress, congress is able to implement the repairs nationwide and make sure they are all good. this means they could use the same company and same materials. this would also allow for roads that move over state lines to be fixed and updated equally. the other factor is if satellite and wireless infrastructure are set up states could run into the issue of systems not working together. for example, the Texas power grid is on a system that only has texas in it. when a hurricane hit this caused widespread power outages that could not be fixed from other states as texas has a separate power grid. while states should be in charge of small roads and what not congress should be in charge of the rest.

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  • Olivia from Virginia

    Congress should overhaul the infrastructure of the United States. Many elements of the country’s infrastructure are currently outdated, unsafe, and impractical. The United States Infrastructure is currently reported as a “C-” by the American Society of Civil Engineers, which is defined as “mediocre and requiring attention”. Infrastructure requires improvement and monitoring and quickly becomes dangerous when it is ignored. Many cities and neighborhoods across the country do not have access to safe water due to chemical poisoning caused by corroded pipes. Highways are under constant stress and endless repairs that do not address the wider problem of the country being over-reliant on cars. Internet broadband is still inconsistent in rural areas, which is unacceptable in a world with technology being a necessity. The US is also in need of defense against climate disasters which easily destroy weak and unmaintained infrastructure, which will only get worse until it is addressed and cause millions of dollars in damages along with potential endangering thousands of citizens. While the cost of repairing infrastructure is expensive, it is absolutely necessary for the nation to function. The government has a duty to the people to provide safe, well-maintained infrastructure and make citizens’ lives better according to the social contract on government is built upon.

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  • Sarah from Illinois

    I believe that Congress should overhaul the infrastructure of the United States. The prosperity of this country depends on its infrastructure, and the current state of the roads, waterways, and access to the internet is a growing problem. The Council on Foreign Relations reports that delays caused by traffic congestion alone cost over $120 billion per year, and delays in air transportation only add to this number. In addition to the economic costs, the current infrastructure problems pose health risks as well. Outdated waste systems and a lack of access to clean drinking water are a threat to many low income areas. The Flint water crisis, for example, lasted for five years and was only resolved after receiving aid from both the state and federal governments in replacing the lead water.

    Most of the country’s infrastructure systems were made in the 60s, back when the population was half of what it was now. It’s clear that the United States is struggling in this department as its outdated systems struggle to keep up with the influx of people. Compared to other highly developed countries in Europe, the U.S. deals with slower internet and passenger trains traveling at half the speed. To ensure that the infrastructure of the United States is up to par with modern times, it’s necessary for Congress to take immediate action and put money into improving the current roads, bridges, airports, and water systems. I believe this will benefit the country, and the sooner that it’s done, the more the United States will be able to thrive.

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  • Nick from Illinois

    Congress should overhaul the infrastructure of the United States. Congress should overhaul the infrastructure of the United States because our current infrastructure is crumbling and compared to other developed countries, we are far behind when it comes to this issue. Infrastructure is what drives an economy as it allows commerce to occur, people to travel from location to location, and goods to be transported. If congress invests in the infrastructure of our country, the cost that they spend on the actual renovations and changes would be repaid through the economic boost that it would bring and boost in money and goods being pumped into the economy. In 2021, the U.S. received a C- on their infrastructure report card which shows the drastic need for spending and investing. According to the report card, a water main breaks every two minutes, there are 30,000 miles of inventoried levies across the country, and 43% of public roadways are in poor condition. Many still live without clean water and access to electricity and the internet. In the richest country in the world, these conditions are unacceptable. This is mainly due to the fact that most of the country’s major infrastructure systems were designed in the 1960’s, and the population has more than doubled since then. An investment in infrastructure would propel the country into the future and rejuvenate it to give it the ability to reach new heights.

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  • Trudi from Montana

    Infrastructure is vital to a thriving nation. When a nation effectively supports its infrastructure, it reflects the state of the nation itself. Far too often is infrastructure ignored which leaves our country’s facilities which are needed to operate to dust. With the infrastructure bill our nation would start to repair many issues that have been ignored for years. Amenities such as roads, public transportation, airports and waterways, environmental countermeasures, and even high speed internet are all issues that would be improved via this bill. All of the above amenities are vital to the success and effectiveness of operations within our country. Though some adversaries would argue that this bill is too costly, however this bill is a secure investment for our nation that will give a great return. Furthermore, this bill is much more affordable than the prior bill proposed by President Biden which was roughly $2.25 trillion. Additionally, this bill is a once in a generation investment, if the US overhauls infrastructure now, the nation would no longer be pushing back issues that are riddling the US. As of now our nation’s infrastructure is rated a C- by the American Society of Civil Engineers, due to the neglect of our infrastructure system throughout the years. This bill would surely improve this rating. Therefore I urge you to overhaul the infrastructure on the United States for the sake of our nation’s future.

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  • Henry from Illinois

    I believe that the US should overhaul it’s infrastructure because much of it has been neglected for far too long. In the past decade alone there have been many crises due to bad infrastructure (such as the Flint water crisis and the 2021 Texas electric grid blackout). Infrastructure connects every single person and business in the United States and should be kept up to date. Both the federal and state governments have the right to fix infrastructure, but if the states don’t invest enough to keep it up to date then who is left to solve the problem?
    According to CNET, 48 million households have internet that is slower than 25 mbps. The new infrastructure bill will use 65 billion dollars to improve the nation’s broadband. The internet nowadays is a land of opportunities (if you know how to use it). You can find jobs, work from home, learn new skills or practice some mathematics on khan academy, and more. The bill would allow more people to reap the benefits of the internet.
    The Michigan Journal of Economics states that the Flint water crisis cost the state of Michigan around 350 million dollars to repair, and 600 million dollars in settlement funds to the people and businesses of Flint. This could have all been avoided if the federal government invested money in proper and safe infrastructure. The new infrastructure bill will invest 170 billion dollars into upgrading, rebuilding, strengthening the US water and electric infrastructure (CNN).
    The longer we wait to overhaul our infrastructure the more the government will have to spend on rebuilding the US’s electric grid, gas lines, water pipes, roads, etc. The longer we wait to fix our country the economic loss due to inefficient infrastructure will be greater. This infrastructure bill is our chance to fix the lifeblood of our country, that which connects us all.

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  • Daria from Illinois

    The Human development index measures the average achievement of a country, often
    encompassing life expectancy, income, and education. The United States is considered ‘very high development’, in 10th place with an HDI of .920 (One World Nations Online). Being considered so “developed”, the infrastructure of the United States should hypothetically mirror this, but the harsh reality is that it doesn’t. When looking within America’s current infrastructure, a number of issues come to light. The Council on Foreign Relations says that many bridges are structurally deficient, and drinking water and wastewater systems are antiquated, making them risks to public health. It is also dangerously overstretched and lagging behind that of its economic competitors like China (COFR). The lack of investment in infrastructure is evident through deteriorating roads, and power interruptions (ASP).
    For the reason that America’s infrastructure has been allowed to decay for
    decades and the safety of residents has been put at risk, Congress should overhaul the infrastructure of the United States. Additionally, leaving it up to private sectors, local governments, or anyone except Congress is unreasonable. The nation’s needs have changed drastically since Congress has been extremely involved in infrastructure. In the 20th century, the primary need of the nation was connectivity and a network of highways and transportation routes. Now, the challenges are congestion, older pipes, and environmental impact, which call for an overhaul.
    Although some may say that the infrastructure of the US should not be
    overhauled by Congress and should instead be left up to local governments, it is not always affordable and many lower income areas would not be able to sustain a change as great as other communities with more money.

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  • Sierra from Illinois

    I believe that congress should overhaul the infrastructure of the United States. I believe that in the long run, this is the decision that will be the most beneficial towards the well being of the United States.
    Infrastructure is a critical foundation that contributes to the future of our society. Our nation as well as the entire world is built upon and is dependent on infrastructure. In order for the US to continue to progress and support the health and well-being of society, new infrastructure must be built and reviewed.
    The US economy relies heavily on a tremendous network of infrastructure. However, these systems were built decades ago. This raises many concerns including questions about safety and decreased economic growth and performance.
    Infrastructure is meant to aid American citizens in their everyday lives and work together with the environment to help us live safely and efficiently.
    The reality is that currently, America’s infrastructure from roads, to bridges, to water systems are stressing under the demands of everyday life. With the current state of this infrastructure, it needs constant maintenance and renewal which not only is extremely costly, but also extremely difficult to keep up with which can be very dangerous.
    In addition, not only is the current construction of infrastructure outdated compared to other nations, extremely costly, and dangerous, much of it is also not environmentally friendly which is hurting the health of the environment as well as its people.
    As citizens, we have the responsibility to work together to change this and create a better future and quality of life for all Americans.

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  • Nikash from Illinois

    I believe that Congress should overhaul the infrastructure of the United States. With regards to roads & bridges, water systems, public transit, rural broadband, and more, our nation’s infrastructure is inadequate for a modern nation and is gradually deteriorating. Congestion in airports grows alongside busy air traffic, access to water is becoming more scarce in drought and climate-affected regions in the West, and roads are getting backlogged with potholes and cracks faster than they are getting repaired. (Business Insider). These are just a few out of the many examples that show why it is becoming increasingly necessary to replace the infrastructure shortcomings that currently pose a hindrance to the United States. While some may argue that state and local governments are more familiar with local infrastructure issues and should therefore be in charge of infrastructure overhaul, federal control over this would be more beneficial for several reasons. One reason is that most infrastructure is connected to national infrastructure networks, and would result in greater economic efficiency if managed by the federal government; essentially, the federal government may be better positioned than states to make infrastructure decisions that most effectively and efficiently integrate infrastructure networks. (Economic Policy Institute). Another reason is that a federal overhaul of infrastructure would be more in unison across the nation than individual state governments controlling their own infrastructure overhaul. The federal government can provide the overall agenda and organization of infrastructure improvements and replacements, while providing oversight of the states carrying it out. This would likely be a more stable and united process overall. It is similar to the switch from the Articles of Confederation to the Constitution, as the nation required a stronger, more united central government in order to flourish more effectively. Finally, another reason why this should lie in the federal government’s power is that poor infrastructure is affecting the nation and economy as a whole, no matter the state. For instance, it doesn’t matter which states carbon emissions are in as they all contribute to global climate change and reduce natural capital in the world, so states therefore hold a shared responsibility for this impact and need to share the costs. However, states may set carbon pricing independently and may not assume this responsibility, thwarting the objective to replace infrastructure in the first place. (EPI). Thus, the federal government is better suited to take the responsibility for something that impacts the nation as a whole. Ultimately, Congress overhauling the infrastructure of the United States would be beneficial to the people and the economy in the long run. Some steps we can take to enhance the process include improving the usage of benefit-cost analysis and bettering project selection. (Congressional Research Service). While an overhaul may be temporarily unpleasant, it will prove to be favorable later on.

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  • Sophia from Illinois

    The infrastructure of the United States is aged and in desperate need of repair and overhauling by Congress. The state of the infrastructure in the nation is perhaps most exemplified by its transportation and broadband infrastructure.

    Transportation in the country is plagued by delays and a constant necessity for maintenance. Among the public transit that does exist, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) claims that “Over a 10-year period across the country, 19% of transit vehicles, and 6% of fixed guideway elements like tracks and tunnels were rated in ‘poor’ condition”; for 45% of Americans, public transit is inaccessible even in poor quality. Moreover, traffic congestion, particularly in urban areas, has reached absurd levels; according to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, “the average American commuter wastes 54 extra hours a year in traffic delays” and according to the White House, “the aggregate cost of congestion for commuters reached almost $160 billion”. Improving transportation infrastructure can decrease such congestion, as well as increase the accessibility of public transit to more Americans, further contributing to the decrease of traffic congestion. This will also improve the economy; as people spend less time in traffic, they become more productive, and as transportation becomes easier, so does the transport of people and goods.

    Furthermore, access to the Internet is unevenly distributed throughout the nation, especially in rural and low-income areas. Particularly with the pandemic, it has become apparent that society is entirely reliant on the Internet. Education is one component of life that has moved increasingly online. Technology such as tablets and computers are introduced into classrooms as early as kindergarten, and many students spent an entire school year online due to the coronavirus pandemic. Despite this Internet dependency, according to the ASCE, “An estimated one in five school aged children lacked the high-speed internet connection needed to access lessons and other materials”. Upgrading broadband infrastructure would improve the ability of students to access online coursework and other such resources, and thus improve their quality of education overall.

    Transportation and broadband infrastructure are far from the only aspects of the nation’s infrastructure that need improvement; there are still places in the country that do not have access to clean water, and extreme weather conditions brought about by climate change threaten already unstable infrastructure, including roads and bridges as well as the electric grid. Such infrastructure already exists in the United States in a functional state. But “functional” is not enough. Improving the country’s infrastructure can improve quality of life for Americans, especially those economically disadvantaged, as well as bolster the American economy as its residents become happier and more productive. Congress has the ability to make change throughout the nation while local communities must wait otherwise for change that is never going to come. It can and should do all that it can to improve the infrastructure of the United States and thus the lives of the American people.

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  • Rachel from Illinois

    Congress should overhaul US infrastructure. Our system is faulty and it has been addressed by the federal government before, most notably through the New Deal and the creation of the interstate highway system under the Eisenhower Administration. Although fixing the current state of American infrastructure is expensive, infrastructure is the foundation that we rely on to remain a global superpower.
    US infrastructure does not currently reflect the ideals of equality and progression that this country was built upon. In fact, it is one of the largest signifiers of economic division amongst Americans. Currently, locally funded infrastructure programs leave communities with low economic prosperity struggling to keep up with the many needs of their residents. When people with low incomes are required to address the outcomes of poor infrastructure, such as contaminated water, energy shortages, and destruction due to natural disasters, it is extremely difficult to economically progress and beat poverty. Poor infrastructure is a large contributor to the vicious cycle of poverty that threatens the idea of social mobility. If America is to keep the promises it makes in the Constitution, it must ensure an even foundation for all Americans.
    As many have pointed out, the United States’s infrastructure system overall has received a score of C- from the American Society of Civil Engineers. This is unacceptable, especially when compared to other countries’ infrastructures. Additionally, according to the World Economic Forum, the United States’s infrastructure scores have dropped in relation to other wealthy countries. If this trend continues, it could signify an end to US dominance amongst other nations.

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  • Michael from Illinois

    The way things have changed in the US over the last 20ish years is immeasurable. The constant change in technology, culture, and the everyday way we do things as Americans have changed significantly over time. And before, yes probably patchwork projects would be enough to sustain the constant change in American life, but today it has just proven to be too much for the patchwork. So because of that, yes I do support a complete overhaul of the infrastructure in the United States. I mean really, if you look at the way things have progressed over time, even in a short window of it, it is crazy how much things have changed. Mail used to come in envelopes in a box, then on a huge square computer at work, then to a home computer, and now it is in your pocket on your smartphone. This huge shift can be seen in almost everything from transportation to communication. Like I said before patchwork may have worked for a time when things were still fairly new and we were still testing all this new technology, but now we know it works and it is going to be around until the new technological wave comes in, but we don’t know how long that is going to be. So, in order to keep all Americans connected, and try to keep everyone kind of on the same page, I think an infrastructural overhaul is more than necessary right now. The gap between those who can use technology and those who can’t is just too great now to have a true cohesive functioning society. I think that is important that we start to make things more accessible to all Americans regardless of socioeconomic status. Things like the internet are things that we just consider to be everyday resources at our disposal, but for some even simple things like that still just aren’t the case, and it’s time to change that. The main issue people have with the massive overhaul is the cost. They are right it would cost a lot to do a complete overhaul and the benefits won’t be felt for a while until after everything is completed. But to that, I say that you have to really look at the pace at which technology is advancing. It is advancing faster than ever before and is showing no signs of slowing down. So we have to do this overhaul now to get everything caught up while also everything is still advancing because if we don’t, it’s gonna get too far ahead of some people and they will just be left behind. That number is larger than most people realize and it is important to recognize that and make sure we do what is right for the country and all those living in it. So with all that being said, I do believe that a complete infrastructural overhaul is necessary and would be good for the country in the long run.

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  • Alicia from Illinois

    Yes, I believe that Congress should overhaul the infrastructure of the United States. America’s infrastructure is important and shows up in the daily lives of more people. When it deteriorates, that can negatively impact people, make things a lot less convenient or even prevent people from doing their jobs or daily activities. Additionally, things like lead drinking water pipes can affect health and aren’t just a matter of convenience. It could be said that the states are better suited to take over issues pertaining to infrastructure and I would somewhat agree with that. While I think that Congress should have a large part in funding changes in America’s infrastructure since the states may not be best equipped to do so, the states should be the leaders in pointing out what needs to be changed and how to go about doing it since they are closer to the people and would be able to identify what they would like to improve. Further, I believe that overhauling infrastructure would be included in promoting the general welfare of the people as mentioned in the Constitution, especially since in the past the federal government has assisted the states with funding for infrastructure and funded public works projects to create jobs along with making bridges, roads and other works for the American people. Another thing to note is that infrastructure is important in allowing the United States to continue to be competitive in today’s economic environment. Improving infrastructure across the nation can help to better communities that might not be in the best shape or minority communities that are being negatively affected by pollution or poor infrastructure. This all might not be possible without the help of Congress. While the states should have some say in the process, I believe that Congress should overhaul the infrastructure of the United States and that federal funding is crucial in getting the infrastructure to improve in any way possible.

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  • Brad from Illinois

    I think that congress should overhaul the United States infrastructure. Right now in America, we are stuck in the past. If you look around the world there is high-speed rail and better all-around public transportation. In most European countries trains and metros riddle cities but in the United States our train lines have been built in cities to get you from the suburbs to cities instead of having a wide web of train lines. The way the train lines have been laid out makes them inconvenient for anyone not going to a city. Congress has to do a couple of things when it comes to overhauling infrastructure in relation to public transportation. We need high-speed rail, updated public buses, and we need better and more efficient train lines that can travel a range of distances. In the United States as well there are huge highways with a constant amount of cars. Cars back up the city of Chicago for hours. From experience, you could have a ride that usually takes 45 minutes to go to the city of Chicago that takes 3 hours because of a car accident or because it’s 5:00 pm. We need bigger highways that are maintained in a new infrastructure project. Another thing that has to be addressed is the internet. Everything we do in our modern world is powered by the internet and technology. To have a country that doesn’t have fast optic cable and large stretches of the country that have no internet is a very big problem. We need to be able to get the internet to even the most remote parts of the country in an effort to be able to make any place habitable and suitable for living. The last thing that has to be overhauled is energy. In the United States, we still have a lot of power plants that are coal-powered and that do terrible things to the environment. We have power plants that are fully nuclear powered but most are almost at their end date in which they will have to be deactivated. Congress needs to overhaul existing power plants in an effort to create more nuclear plants and sustainable forms of energy. All of this can be done by privatizing all industries in regard to infrastructure and subsidizing private companies. Space X is already creating a global network of Starlink satellites that can beam down fast internet anywhere in the world. Also, Xfinity already covers a large portion of America with the fastest coverage of internet money can buy. Either company could have contracts with the US government to overhaul the internet infrastructure in the United States. Big train companies could invest in high-speed rail, and construction companies could renovate and create better highways. Congress needs to overhaul the United States infrastructure but they should also privatize the industries to help create competition and better infrastructure in the United States of America.

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  • Kian from Illinois

    Congress should overhaul the infrastructure of the United States. Infrastructure is a vital aspect in the US economy, however the current state of US infrastructure is abysmal, earning a C- in the 2021 Infrastructure Report Card from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The poor condition of US infrastructure is projected to lead to a GDP loss of $10 trillion by the ASCE. That same group projected that the US has to invest $4.5 trillion by 2025 to improve the state of the country’s roads, bridges, dams, airports, schools, and more. For context, the US spent $63 billion directly on infrastructure and $83 billion in infrastructure funding to states. This displays the infrastructural investment deficit, as the US is currently on pace to undershoot that $4.5 trillion mark by a large margin, which may potentially lead to massive drops in its GDP in coming years. And it’s not just the ASCE projecting these massive losses. Henry Petroski, a professor of Civil Engineering at Duke University, explains in his book The Road Not Taken that poor infrastructure can lead to losses in the US economy. In fact, Petroski estimates that traffic congestion alone costs the economy over $120 billion a year. These economic losses caused by poor infrastructure will continue to increase over time, making it necessary for Congress to increase investment in infrastructure improvements. Although some may argue that patchwork projects can help repair parts of an already sufficient American infrastructure system, this point fails to acknowledge the dreadful state of US infrastructure overall. Nearly 20% of the nation’s highways and major roads are in poor condition, according to the White House. In addition, the US Government Accountability Office found that nearly 1 in 4 bridges are deficient, with 10% classified as structurally deficient and 14% classified as functionally obsolete. Poor infrastructure is clearly a widespread issue. Patchwork projects would do little to aid the current state of US infrastructure issues, and it is important that a national effort is made to overhaul and repair a majority of public infrastructure. For these reasons, I believe that Congress should overhaul the infrastructure of the United States.

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  • Aiden from Illinois

    Congress should overhaul the infrastructure of the United States. The United States is an affluent country, so there is no reason that the infrastructure of the United States should be crippled in the way that it is. For example, Japan has created a train system that can successfully (and safely) reach a speed of around 200 miles per hour. This system allows the citizens of Japan to travel quickly. According to the World Bank, The United States’ Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is nearly 4 times greater than Japan’s. Since the United States has a much higher GDP, Japan should not have a better transportation system than us.

    Some may argue that the United States has more federal programs to spend on than Japan, such as Medicaid or Medicare, meaning that we don’t have the room to spend this money on an infrastructure bill. However, I think that this argument is invalid. Even though the United States has large programs to spend on such as Medicaid or Medicare, according to the Congressional Budget Office, in 2020, around 8% of the United States’ GDP went towards discretionary spending. In my opinion, an infrastructure bill that constitutes 1% of the United States’ GDP is worth it, especially if the internet and transportation systems are fixed.

    Some may also claim that state governments should be responsible for large infrastructure projects, as they are more adept at addressing certain needs of citizens. However, state governments are usually ineffective in addressing the needs of a wide variety of people, which is why the federal government should get involved. With vast infrastructure changes, I think that the economy will become stronger, and more productive. In my experience, a commute that normally takes 20 minutes with no traffic can turn into a 40 minute long commute when there is traffic. Our system of infrastructure is not efficient enough as of now to transport millions of commuters quickly every day. The only way to achieve these vast changes is through the involvement of the federal government.

    I think that the overall benefits of this bill include faster productivity, a boost to the economy, and greater safety within the United States. Although the bill calls for a rather large amount of money in comparison to recent bills, I think that the bill is worth it in the long run. The United States is the greatest country in the world, and it is important to improve the infrastructure of it.

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  • Zachariah from Kentucky

    The Infrastructure of the United States plays an essential role in the daily lives of Americans, yet the Infrastructure Bill has not been overhauled/reviewed in a significantly long time. The bill must be updated to accommodate the needs of citizens in this century.

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  • Ava from Illinois

    Let me pose a hypothetical here. Lets say that the government stops overloading infrastrutures and you are cruising down the highway to get to work and suddenly you hit a big pot hole. Of course your worried about the damage it might have just done but you don’t think its that big of a deal because it’s only one pot hole and you’ll check when you get to work. But suddenly you hit another one, and a few minutes later another one. After you finally get to work you take a look at you car and see that your axel is all messed up, and how you have to pay to get it fixed. Now if the government had continued to overload infrastructures like the highway, you would have had a nice smooth ride to work and no damage to your car that you would have to pay for. Although we hate sitting in traffic due to construction, it’s only to make sure our roads are safe for us to drive on. We all know that one road that we drive down that is filled with pot holes and is just falling apart, that you dread going on or adding all together. But imagine every road you drive on like that. It might just drive someone crazy. So yes I believe that the government has every right to overload infrastructures, and honestly we should be greatful that they even do it.

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  • Jacob from Illinois

    Yes, the U.S. should be updating and building new infrastructure, the outcomes are literally just positives (ignoring cost). The money will go towards updating American, making transportation safer and faster, improving internet connections all positives to everyone. Companies will benefit from faster movement of data and goods while the normal person will benefit by many things in their lives just being better and safer like roads and bridges, faster internet etc. There are very few cons to update/upgrading our infrastructure.

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  • bailey from Kentucky

    Yes I do think that congress should overhaul the infrastructure of the United States. While some of this could take place on a state level in theory, much of it, like the Brent Spence Bridge in Cincinnati, needs more funding and manpower than Kentucky can provide. It also becomes a question in case of the bridge of which state should fund it and which state should do the work. This causes many delays in the process and sometimes prevents it from being done at all. This is why the federal government has to step in and help get things done. They have supremacy over the states according to the Constitution and this is an instance that they can use that power for good. The same way that 3 teachers wouldn’t be responsible for fixing a cracked wall in their classrooms, the states can’t be responsible for fixing large highways, bridges, and even some smaller projects. I do believe that there are some things that should be up to the states and that the federal government shouldn’t always get involved but in this case of major infrastructure it is essential to the projects for the federal government to get involved.

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  • Derrick from Kentucky

    Yes, Congress should overhaul the infrastructure of the United States because Congress is able to receive a much larger amount of money for projects. Projects that include roads, highways, bridges, internet access, and housing locations require a large amount of money in order to see it through to the highest quality. One of the reasons why you would need a large amount of money is so that you can be compensated for your house if you are required to move for a project. If we were unable to have access to the amount of money we need then the projects that require immediate attention could be grinded to a halt, incomplete, slowed down, and even finished but at terrible quality.

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  • Mackenzie from Kentucky

    Congress should overhaul the infrastructure of the United States due to responsibility and natural disasters. Congress has a lot of responsibilities and one of their main ones is to represent the people of the United States. Therefore, if they advocate putting the people first then they should prioritize the daily use of infrastructure people utilize. Furthermore, if congress did not overhaul infrastructure then it makes the states unfair. For instance, Florida would be miniscule in luck versus Kansas. This is due to the fact that Florida is on the border of the United States leaving them at higher risk for natural disasters to occur. Why should Florida have to overhaul the infrastructure of something they did not cause. Versus Congress, who enunciates their voice for the people. Therefore, the Congress should listen to their own advice and overhaul the infrastructure for the people of the United States.

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  • Daniel from Kentucky

    I think that some roads are run down and needs to be fixed. Bridges like the Brent Spence Bridge are run down and don’t need to be taken down but repaired. If we are paying taxes for the government we should be able to have benefit of those taxes. Some roads are just so old that they need to be fixed. I can’t describe how much safer roads are.

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  • Peter from Kentucky

    I believe that Congress should overhaul infrastructure spending. I do take a semi-moderate position on what this overhauling actually would mean, as I believe that any overhauling of the spending needs to be thoroughly deliberated and cut to the necessities of our nation and its infrastructure, but if needs are met and the spending is justified in all areas of its reach, I believe that it is right to overhaul infrastructure spending. On one hand, I am someone who believes strongly in states rights on certain topics and responsibilities, and it seems like a state’s infrastructure and spending should be up to the individual states, because this form of spending is more personalized for each area of the country. However, time and time again many states fail to deliver on infrastructure promises or spending. Michigan, for example, is subject to awful road systems and terrible public transportation. A country as advanced and wealthy as ours should have no problem with these aspects of life, yet we do. Why? It’s because states are oftentimes complacent with their infrastructure, no matter how bad it may be, and state budgets can be manipulated by state governments to benefit other, more political advancements. Everything that I just mentioned about state governments and their flawed spending and budgets can, and often does, apply to the federal government, so obviously there is a huge risk in trusting the federal government to fix infrastructure. While President Biden’s new one-trillion dollar infrastructure bill is divided into spending for transportation, energy, technology, and climate needs, history has shown us that huge bills like this are likely to have areas of spending that are not needed, or wasteful. So why then, should Congress overhaul this spending? Well, my line of thinking is that Congress should have every right and duty to restore our infrastructure, as long as the spending is valid and necessary. This still would probably constitute a trillion dollar bill, but with proper spending and a focus on what American citizens actually need in terms of infrastructure, I believe that Congressional overhaul of infrastructure spending would greatly benefit the United States and should be pursued.

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  • Dawson from Illinois

    My stance on the infrastructure overhaul was originally going to be a solid yes, but after reading into it a bit more, I have seen some good points from the other side that could be compromised on.

    A major point that changed my stance on this was how the state governments would have better knowledge of local issues and what they would need in order to fix them. I still believe that we should go through with implementing the infrastructure overhaul, however the funding should instead be provided to the state governments via the federal government, with each portion of the fund given to each state varying based on the severity of the issues that each state presents.

    In simpler terms, if one state has many large-scale infrastructure problems, and another state only has a small number of less important issues, some funds can be diverted from the second state over to the first to compensate for the scale of the issues presented by each state.

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  • Chris from Illinois

    Overall, I believe this infrastructure bill is necessary and one of the best things Congress has done for a very long time. The first and most obvious reason is it will promote the health and safety of Americans across the country. This will be done in several ways, the first of which is reduces accidents because of poorly maintained roadways. Potholes and poorly maintained roads pose a huge danger to motorists and can cause damages to cars and trucks as well. With this new bill, many places that would not have the space in their budget otherwise can now receive money from the federal government to resolve these dangers. Another way this bill will promote the health of Americans is by fixing issues related to water. Every human should have access to clean and accessible water however in the past years this has not been the case. Towns such as Flint Michigan have been struggling to get access to clean and usable water and with this new bill, many of these places will be able to resolve this issue. Another issue that this bill will help improve is one that is very important to me which is climate change. This bill is in strong support of implementing electric power over fossil fuels by incentivizing thing such as electric cars and buses. This while overall help in reducing the carbon emissions and will provide people with more sustainable methods of transportation. Also, the bill will improve the electric grid, giving power to places who frequently experiences outages and providing internet in rural areas that might not have it otherwise. The final reason why this bill is important is the impact it will have on the school system. Many schools are not fortunate enough to receive adequate funding and subsequently are unable to properly pay teachers and staff or maintain the necessary tools needed for learning. Every school should have to opportunity to provide a quality education and with this bill which will provide funding for better textbooks and supplies, paying teachers a more livable wage, and providing students with the technological skills they need to succeed in the modern world will help help make this a realty in all schools.

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  • Andrew from Illinois

    I think that when you move out of the interstate and onto smaller highways, you can see a lot of road that is in need of overhaul. Especially in more rural areas where it’s not as likely to be reported. I also believe that the overall infrastructure in cities should be prioritized, as little things like broken sidewalks or street lamps could endanger citizens of the cities more frequently than citizens of rural villages.

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  • mason from Illinois

    The Vote Debate (3 points)
    Personally I believe that congress should overhaul the infrastructure of the United States, as I believe that the pros heavily outweigh the cons of it. This infrastructure bill is helping pave a safer future, literally and figuratively. It is helping make America safer in many ways. The first way is public transportation, and safety regarding that, according to usatoday, “Nationwide, 21.8% pf roads are in poor condition, 7.6% of bridges are in need of replacement or repair, and there have been 4.8 derailments for every 100 miled of train track from 2015-2019” These numbers are very alarming, and I believe that putting funding towards these things will not only increase public safety, but provides job opportunities as well across the country. This is a good thing because as of today, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 7.4 million US citizens are unemployed, and this will give some sort of income opportunity for these individuals. Some people may say that states can handle their own infrastructure because they know the needs of their state better than the federal government. Well this may be true, when it comes to roads and bridges that cross state lines, that becomes a federal problem, meaning that funding should come from the federal government rather than states.
    Furthermore, for the reasons of safety for our country, and the possibility of helping our people economically, especially in a time of economic crisis because of the recent pandemic. I believe that the federal government should overhaul the infrastructure of the United states.

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  • Stevie from Illinois

    Congress should overhaul the infrastructure in America. I think this problem has been long delayed and has been pushed aside for too long. In the cities especially those in the north. They experience major problems in the winter involving potholes and cracking roads. This then can cause dangerous road conditions for drivers. There are still many rural areas in which people do not have access to the internet and communication is spotty. In order to keep Americans connected and safe we must push to have better infrastructure. I understand that people would want their own individual states to deal with their own problems but many states are in debt. States need the support of the federal government in order to invoke change. Different states deal with various different issues and some states don’t have time to worry about infrastructure.Thats why I believe that it is so important for the federal government to step in and take action. Many schools in America still do not have the best teaching conditions. In the south many have not been able to come back from hurricanes and floods. Some schools aren’t able to support larger class sizes due to their small buildings. In the town of Barrington Illinois we are fortunate enough to help pass a referendum to help fix many of these issues. I hope that the infrastructure bill helps schools that are less fortunate. I support this bill because not only is it going to help America’s infrastructure, it’s going to do so in a mindful way. The structures that they are wanting to build are going to be more environmentally friendly. I think this will be a great way to show America how we can still expand while being cautious and caring to nature. A downside of this bill would have to be the cost and having to spend so much money but it’s for change. The bill will also allow for more jobs to be created throughout America helping with infrastructure and the economy. All in all I think that congress should overhaul the infrastructure of the United States as it would increase safety, productivity, and connectivity of America. It would also allow for state governments to focus on other issues than the roads.

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  • Grace from Illinois

    I voted yes. I believe that there are many different building that need to be reconstructed for an example; apartment buildings, they’re built to house hundreds of people but sometimes they aren’t strong enough to do so, like the surfside condominium collapse, with collapsed due to poor infrastructure planning, and ended up killing 98 people and injuring many more. If we are able to make it so we can aid buildings that are old, or damaged we can save lives.

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  • Lily from Illinois

    On this topic I am in between, but leaning yes. The points if this bill that I think are rethinking structures to support lessening climate change and fixing broken roadways. As someone who lived in a city, I know what a huge problem potholes are, especially during the winter. I agree that in rural areas, internet can be spotty. I just want to be sure that areas in the wilderness will stay protected. This bill is a huge amount of money and that scares me. The manpower that may be needed is also quite a bit and all of this construction can take a lot of time and cause inconvenience. My hope is that state and local governments can have input on there the money for this bill is used in their areas, and they know the infrastructure issues in their area better than the federal government.

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  • Alexis from Illinois

    Yes they should because our infrastructure should be and needs to be change.

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      Yes, the government does need to overhaul the US infrastructure. I believe that they need to do this because we have a lot of infrastructure problems across the United States. Some of these problems are that some school buildings are weak and could crumble when an earthquake happens. Some suspension bridges sway and creak in the wind and could be close to falling down. There are some underground and above ground railroads that are old and crumbly. We have many other problems with our infrastructure. We can fix these problems by building stronger builds and making remodels to or fixing older buildings. This is just one of many ways that we can fix our infrastructure problems. We could also increase the amount of money that we spend on these buildings so that we can use better materials for our builds and make them more safe for our citizens. The final solution to our problems is to get better builders. This is a good solution because if we use builders who don’t know what they are doing then we get buildings that are not safe for Americans but, if we use builders who know what they are doing, then they are making buildings that will be much safer and more structurally strong. An example of builders who made an error are the builders of the condo in Florida or the builders of the Tacoma narrow bridge. These builders did not build structurally buildings that caused damage and deaths. This is the best and most probable solution to our infrastructure problems. This is why I believe that the US needs to overhaul our infrastructure and how we can best fix our problems.

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  • c from Illinois

    In my opinion, Congress should overhaul the Infrastructure of the United States. Too many people and buildings need aid and too little is being done about it. These problems have been existing for decades but yet still nothing is being done about it.
    For example: schools. Schools across the country are leaking water, have outdated and falling apart textbooks, and do not pay teachers enough. In the 2018-2019 school year, Mississippi teachers were paid an average of $45,574. Many Teachers have to live out of their cars because they cannot afford to pay for an apartment or a house. Schools have flooded and leaky ceilings, and have to close parts of their school because it has been flooded in too much. Children have to learn from textbooks that were last updated decades ago, with spines that are practically nonexistent. While these horrible conditions are luckily not happening in every school across the country, they are happening in too many. And it is not fair that many kids have to learn in these conditions, while other kids have the privilege of going to schools where these conditions do not exist. Why are we putting the future doctors, teachers, business people, and future leaders of our countries through these horrible conditions? If we want our children to grow up to be great people and get good educations, then we need to start actually giving them the opportunities to be able to do so.
    Additionally, healthcare. The price of healthcare costs way too much. It is a basic human right for people to have the access to the healthcare they need but yet, they cannot afford it and will die from it. As much as 25% of the population say they or a family member have delayed medical treatment for a serious illness due to the costs. And 46 million people in the US, which is almost a fifth of the population, cannot afford necessary healthcare services. Finally, 45,000 Americans die every year as a direct result of not having any health insurance coverage. People should not be dying simply because they cannot afford the medical bills. They should not have to start GoFundMe’s just to pay for their medical treatments.
    These are just two of the reasons why Congress should overhaul the Infrastructure bill in the United States, in order to actually help the people.

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  • Sarah from Illinois

    In my opinion, Congress should overhaul the infrastructure of the United States. Our country was founded on the ideas of inclusion, freedom, and success. Our current infrastructure does not promote these principles. For example, we have seen multiple building collapses recently as well as issues relating to electricity, the internet, climate change, and more. Congress was right to pass Biden’s $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act on November 5. This is because the bill will be able to promote the general welfare and help the people of our country. According to the Associated Press, the bill will cover a multitude of issues: roads and bridges, public transit, passenger and freight rail, electric vehicles, internet access, modernizing the electric grid, airports, and water and wastewater.
    The bill will be able to help the country modernize our infrastructure to keep up with our ever-growing population and inventions. The bill will help combat climate change by increasing funding for electric car chargers and electric busses. The bill will decrease the gap between the wealthy and the poor by providing more people with clean water, internet access, and electricity (to help combat power outages). The use of the internet has never been more important, especially with schools looking for online alternatives during the pandemic. The bill will provide people with safer transportation by focusing on roads and bridges as well as freight and airports. Overall, the bill’s plans will provide the people with safer transportation and more access to important things like the internet and clean water. Without this bill, people would continue to struggle. Also, the bill is expected to add about 2 million each year over the next decade (AP News). This increase in jobs will allow people to make money and increase their quality of life. The bill is not only helping the physical situation in the U.S. but also the lives of the citizens. By overhauling the infrastructure, the government is taking the necessary action to keep our country on the right path.
    I understand that the bill is expensive and it seems wrong to use the COVID-19, unemployment insurance aid, and other funding but, it is important that our country does everything it can to provide for its people and that is what this bill will do. The state governments clearly can not control these issues on their own so it’s time for the federal government to step in.

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  • Will from Illinois

    We have come a long way since the early 1800s when states’ rights opponents to the National Road argued that Congress did not have the Constitutional right to spend money on such purposes. Under the necessary and proper clause and/or the power to “establish Post Offices and post Roads,” Congress has undertaken many intrastate projects. The current Congress was right to pass Biden’s $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act on November 5 to overhaul the infrastructure of the United States. This plan will pay for updates to roads, bridges, railways, ports, and the power grid. It includes routine maintenance. It will also expand access to the internet, provide clean drinking water, and add more clean energy options.

    The advantages to the plan will be multifaceted. First, it is necessary for safety. Not only are some of the roads unsafe, but just consider the collapsing condo in Florida before classifying infrastructure improvements to be a luxury. The further danger is from power outages from aged electric systems. Second, it is important for the economy, with improvements such as high speed rail and reduction of backlogs in ports and airports. When poor infrastructure slows the movement of goods and people, the economy suffers. Third, it provides important environmental action such as clean up of damaged sites, installation of more electric vehicle charging stations, and purchase of electric busses. Fourth, the plan supports equity by bringing clean water to more homes and connection to the internet. It further supports equity by reconnecting minority neighborhoods. In addition to these points, the plan may provide better jobs. Finally, the argument that the states could do these repairs rather than the federal government ignores the fact that the states do not have the funds, and that leaving states in charge would perpetuate inequality and inconsistency across the nation.

    Opponents worry that the tax hikes to companies will cause those companies to flee to foreign lands. Even with tax increases, the plan is supposed to add $256 billion to America’s debt by 2031, which hurts the economy but the average American may not even grasp the impact anymore. Despite these concerns, Congress was correct in passing the plan because to wait any longer would lead to further crisis. However, one will hope that the bill includes accountability and fairness, because the U.S. government, filled with layers of bureaucracy, has a history of wasteful and uneven spending. Effective implementation will be the key to whether the plan is a success. Will powerful Senators be able to divert infrastructure spending to their states before others? One hopes that the plan will be implemented in a fair and careful manner.

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  • Grace from Michigan

    No, I don’t think so. I do not believe that it is Congress’s job to take care of the infrastructure of the United States. Personally, I believe that there should be more of an emphasis on state and city governments taking initiative to fix the infrastructure of their state or city. This problem is a difficult one because, as Frank Kuchar says, “the only reference to roads in the Constitution is found in Article I, Section 8, which states that “Congress shall have Power to…establish Post Offices and Post Roads.”” Although the idea of Congress fixing the infrastructure of the US is one that sounds wonderful, it would first of all skyrocket America’s debt greatly, possibly causing more issues for different sectors of the nation. Many people like to couple this idea of an overhaul of the US infrastructure with the general welfare clause. Frank Kuchar disagrees and states his point better than anyone could in his article, “Airports, bridges, highways, interstates are not part of the “general welfare” clause of Article I Section 8 of the Constitution, and I have no less than James Madison, the “father of the Constitution”, as my authority on that. In The Federalist #41, he wrote: “Nothing is more natural nor common than first to use a general phrase, and then to explain and qualify it by a recital of particulars.” In other words, the general phrase “general welfare” in the opening clause of Article I, Section 8 is defined and limited to the enumerated items that follow in the remainder of the article, and the only roads authorized to be established (and therefore paid for) by the federal government are “post roads.”” Also, to get answers on any questions about government control and spending, what is a better determinate then going to cases or laws that were previously voted on? Congress passed in 1822 a bill that allowed for the fixing of the Cumberland Road. This “rebuilding” soon translated into basically creating a new highway. When President Monroe got ahold of this bill, he vetoed it and said that it was unconstitutional. Pres. Monroe said, “Having duly considered the bill entitled “An act for the preservation and repair of the Cumberland road,” it is with deep regret, approving as I do the policy, that I am compelled to object to its passage and to return the bill to the House of Representatives, in which it originated, under a conviction that Congress does not possess the power under the Constitution to pass such a law. A power to establish turnpikes with gates and tolls, and to enforce the collection of tolls by penalties, implies a power to adopt and execute a complete system of internal improvement. A right to impose duties to be paid by all persons passing a certain road, and on horses and carriages, as is done by this bill, involves the right to take the land from the proprietor on a valuation and to pass laws for the protection of the road from injuries, and if it exist as to one road it exists as to any other, and to as many roads as Congress may think proper to establish. A right to legislate for one of these purposes is a right to legislate for the others….” This then seems to set some sort of precedent against any kind of infrastructure bill, which is something that government officials should maybe look into a bit further. Overall, Congresses overhaul of the infrastructure sounds nice, as many ideas and laws proposed in government often do, but it is important to look at the ugly side of each law and bill and decide which side outweighs the other, and if the cost is worth the benefit.

    Citations: http://frankkuchar.com/infrastructure-and-the-constitution/.

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  • David from Virginia

    No, Congress should not overhaul the infrastructure of the country.  There are two reasons why they should completely overall the infrastructure. The first reason would be the cost of the overhaul, a complete overhaul would dig the country into an even deeper hole of debt than it already is. This will lead the government to reduce civil services or increase taxes to implement an overhaul. The second reason would be the disruption to current infrastructure and government operations. If they were to implement a complete overhaul it would cause a great amount of chaos as it would most likely put most government agencies into a situation in which they have to cease operations due to the number of changes that would occur. Agencies such as Amtrak could be disrupted if transport infrastructure is changed rapidly as they work at a negative thus they would have to receive a larger budget from the government which would cause more strain and thinning of assets. However small infrastructure changes would be good but if they are too large and sweeping it would lead to a lot of issues stemming from budget constraints and how the current infrastructure is set up. 

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  • Lilly from Virginia

    I do not think Congress should overhaul the infrastructure, except for the infrastructure that benefits the country as a whole. Such as our international ports, interstate systems, and international airports. These things that pertain to national efficiency and defense should be in the hands of the Federal government, but matters pertaining to state efficiency (roads, internet access, etc.) should be kept in the hands of the states. The new infrastructure bill proposes 7.5 billion dollars to build electric car chargers around the country. Although that is great, that enormous amount of money could have been spent on something much more important such as the fight against hunger, homelessness, and the opioid epidemic. Unfortunately, state legislators are not spending taxpayer dollars in the best ways. The California Bullet Train project (proposed by state legislatures) is a 24 million dollar plan that will install a high-speed rail system in CA. Interestingly enough, California is home to the 7th worst road infrastructure in the United States. The problem is not that Congress is not giving sufficient funds for the infrastructure, it’s that the people that are supposed to be maintaining these projects are spending money on things that are not necessary. The problem of the infrastructure will not be fixed by dumping billions of dollars into a system that will waste the money. The people in the state need to vote on which things the state spends money on, and the leaders need to be held accountable for the money not used properly. The money spent on things like internet connection, although important, could be spent on more useful things. I would much rather have slow internet connection if that means a child gets dinner.

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  • Zach from Illinois

    Although the infrastructure of the US is extremely important and must change with time, the states are better equipped at handling these projects of updating infrastructure. It is difficult for the federal government to accurately and efficiently allocate national funds and dedicate their time to oversee the carrying out of the overhaul of US infrastructure. For example, an article from the New York Times by By Shawn Hubler, Emily Cochrane, and Zach Montague explains, “Included in the bill is $250 million for a pilot program to develop an electric or low-emitting ferry that would almost certainly go to her state, which has the most miles of marine highway. Another $1 billion programs will pay for a ferry system to reach rural communities such as those in Alaska.” This highlights the specificity needed for each state in order to accurately update their infrastructure, and the fact that the federal government has taken initiative with this issue is amazing, but it is impractical for the federal government to accurately allocate restricted funds to each state per certain areas of infrastructure. The states and only the states understand their local infrastructure issues, like that mentioned in the quote above, and if the state governments were allowed to allocate funds and provide oversight to these issues, infrastructure would be better updated. Yes, a federal bill that pushes for infrastructure overhauling is a step in the right direction, but the federal government fails to have the intimacy needed to solve infrastructure problems on a state level. Either way, I am confident in the government’s abilities and, whatever the result, I believe it is all to create a safer, better place in the long run.

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  • Jake from Illinois

    The infrastructure of the United States is a hot topic and many people have many different opinions. In my opinion the Congress should not overhaul the infrastructure of the whole country. I believe the infrastructure of the United States should be in the hands of the states. The states know what needs to be done because it all happens in their hands and is their responsibility.
    The United States shouldn’t spend too much money on the bill of letting the Congress overhaul the infrastructure of our country. According to CNN, “the infrastructure bill will cost a total of $1.2 trillion.” That is a lot of money that we can use on much more needy issues such as child hunger or solving the problem of homelessness. Not only that, but how do we know our Congress will do a good job under control of the infrastructure?
    Giving the Congress control of repairing roads, sidewalks, buildings and all may not be a great idea. The Congress is run nationally and knows the country as a whole way better than it knows the states individually. The Congress may know about major highways running through multiple states but it doesn’t know about the small side roads down in Illinois that need to be repaired. Opposed to the Congress, the states all know individually what needs to be done in their very own state. This is all they focus on day in and day out. They know their own state way better than the Congress does. Therefore, we should allow them to control what needs to be done with the infrastructure individually in their own states.
    In conclusion, the Congress should not overhaul the infrastructure of the United States. It would be a poor choice to pass the bill as we can use that money for much better things that need to be solved in our country. On top of that, the Congress doesn’t know what needs to be done in the states as much as the states do.

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  • Brant from Illinois

    Congress should overhaul the infrastructure of the United States in some areas, however not in other areas. The powers of infrastructure construction can be both state and government level, or in other words, a concurrent power. For example, the power of creating interstate highways and roads are vested in the federal government, however improving a building within the city may be a state level power.

    An example of infrastructure that needs to be revamped would be the transportation system. Unlike other modern countries such as China and Japan, there is no unified transportation system that spans across all states except highways. In both China and Japan, there exists bullet train systems and advanced subway networks that greatly bolster transportation speed for passengers or resources. In China, there is seen to be great returns on economic and social effects. According to Statista, there is a reported 2.2 billion number of train passengers per year. On top of increasing efficiency of transportation across the country, a unified transportation system under a transportation model China’s can reduce carbon emissions through greener solutions such as bullet trains. Although it might seem that a unified transportation infrastructure is a good idea, there lies many pitfalls, the main one being cost. The first main cost would be implementation, and second being maintenance. However this issue can be resolved through a system of extending the time it takes to create such a system. By stretching out such a timespan, less money can be spent annually on such a system.

    Other than transportation, I believe that there is no need for a national revamp/update of existing infrastructure. Instead, the decisions in regards to infrastructure should be left to the states. State governments have better knowledge on the needs of their citizens, which will cause better decision making when it comes to changing infrastructure. There are already changes made by individual states to improve infrastructure. Leaving the budgeting and changes to the state governments will help streamline the process of infrastructure overall, as each state has their own issues, it may be difficult for the government to manage such a change in the near future.

    In conclusion, congress should overhaul the infrastructure of the United States for transportation, and should not for other infrastructure.

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  • Elizabeth from Illinois

    I think that Congress should not overhaul the United States infrastructure system.
    In the Constitution, the power of the right to build roads/transport systems is granted to both National and State governments. While it is admittedly well within the rights of the National Government to pass this bill and overhaul US Infrastructure, it is also well within the power of the States to deal with the need for new roads and transportation updates. Therefore, it is possible that States could handle infrastructure improvements on a statewide scale, instead of the government dealing with it on a Federal scale.
    According to CNN, the infrastructure bill will cost a total of $1.2 trillion. While this bill will be helpful for the infrastructure of our nation, there is not as pressing of a need for it as there is for other legislation and monetary support. For example, we are in the midst of a worldwide climate crisis. $1.2 trillion put towards creating more clean and energy efficient practices in our country would help address this need. (Parts of this bill do address environmental concerns, but more focus should be placed on the environment alone, not just in addition to other updates to the infrastructure.)
    According to CNN, “the Congressional Budget Office brushed aside several of those pay-for provisions, ultimately finding the package would add $256 billion to the deficit over the next 10 years.” Seeing as our country is already in debt, this bill would make our debt worse. We already spend $200 billion a year on infrastructure such as roads and highways; no more funding is needed.
    Overall, since our infrastructure is already functional, states have the power to improve it on a state-wide level instead of a federal level, there are more pressing issues that need money, and this bill would increase our national debt, Congress should choose not to overhaul the US infrastructure system.

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    • Joey from Illinois

      Should Congress Overhaul the Infrastructure in the United States

      Congress doesn’t need to overhaul the infrastructure of the United States. The infrastructure currently isn’t completely perfect and nowhere near where it needs to go, but it doesn’t requerí an overhaul. The road system currently has few potholes and driving home is always a scare not to pop a tire. Although this is the case construction work is being used on bridges and many other infrastructure projects. Pumping money into infrastructure wouldn’t make the construction of roads and bridges go faster because projects like that take time. I believe that the situation is more complicated and that throwing money at it won’t solve the current issue. Perhaps adding plastic sheets under the roads and then laying the asphalt on keeps the roads more even and less likely to shift. I know they do that in the city of Chicago.
      On the other hand, some people don’t have access to the internet. This was a key method to attend school during the pandemic. Should we have a lockdown again because of a new variant or other reason investing in the internet part of the infrastructure is important.
      The strategy and methods they use can improve, but overall an overhaul shouldn’t happen and the normal system is working well enough. Focusing less on infrastructure could also potentially lead to more important issues being overhauled such as immigration and the environment.

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  • Justin from Kentucky

    No it should be up to the state because the state has a better knowledge of what needs to be done. if the congress tacks over then they might not know what the states need becous they are not there also if it is up to the state then it might be easier for the eaple to tell them what is needed.

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    • Jake from Illinois

      The infrastructure of the United States is a hot topic and many people have many different opinions. In my opinion the Congress should not overhaul the infrastructure of the whole country. I believe the infrastructure of the United States should be in the hands of the states. The states know what needs to be done because it all happens in their hands and is their responsibility.
      The United States shouldn’t spend too much money on the bill of letting the Congress overhaul the infrastructure of our country. According to CNN, “the infrastructure bill will cost a total of $1.2 trillion.” That is a lot of money that we can use on much more needy issues such as child hunger or solving the problem of homelessness. Not only that, but how do we know our Congress will do a good job under control of the infrastructure?
      Giving the Congress control of repairing roads, sidewalks, buildings and all may not be a great idea. The Congress is run nationally and knows the country as a whole way better than it knows the states individually. The Congress may know about major highways running through multiple states but it doesn’t know about the small side roads down in Illinois that need to be repaired. Opposed to the Congress, the states all know individually what needs to be done in their very own state. This is all they focus on day in and day out. They know their own state way better than the Congress does. Therefore, we should allow them to control what needs to be done with the infrastructure individually in their own states.
      In conclusion, the Congress should not overhaul the infrastructure of the United States. It would be a poor choice to pass the bill as we can use that money for much better things that need to be solved in our country. On top of that, the Congress doesn’t know what needs to be done in the states as much as the states do.

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  • Charlie from Kentucky

    Congress should definitely not overhaul the infrastructure of the United States, although there are a number of current problems with our nation’s infrastructure that need to be addressed. In rural areas, the lack of technology and internet access hinders educational and work productivity, while urban and suburban areas enjoy the luxury of fast and widespread internet access. Although it appears unfair that rural citizens are at a technological disadvantage compared to their urban counterparts, for the most part, people living out in the country do not use technology very much because they don’t need it. There’s something to be said for living a simple life on the farm or running a personal business without an inundation of technology everywhere you look. As for the transportation system, I don’t think we need to change anything drastically, but it would be nice to see more bike paths and sidewalks implemented throughout cities to provide easier access throughout the city for people who can’t afford to buy a car. Moreover, doing these projects on the state level would better address the needs of each state, and would likely lower the pollution rate in urban areas. With the new Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, (IIJA), President Joe Biden stated that “Generations from now, people will look back and know this is when America won the economic competition for the 21st Century,” according to TexasTribune.org. While this law likely will be remembered and felt by generations to come, it isn’t important to allocate $7.5 Billion of the funding toward vehicle charging stations to promote electric vehicles, but that topic is for another debate. In conclusion, infrastructure is a critical aspect of a well-functioning society, but it is an issue that needs to be solved on the state level without the federal government directing over a trillion dollars on projects that aren’t necessary.

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  • Matthew from Kentucky

    Infrastructure in America has been a strong suit for this country since that very first uprising of this great country. The expansion of the American borders and transportation throughout the country has increased steadily since the founding of this great nation. However, the maintenance of the American infrastructure is both expensive and time consuming. The argument over the jurisdiction of these projects exists between a federal or state power issue. Although the federal government has ultimate power in the United States, they may not be as effective at fixing state level issues around the country. Therefore, state infrastructure should not be limited to state governments, but should be spearheaded by those in power of specific states in need of change. Overhauling of infrastructure in the United States would mainly fall on the Department of Transportation, mainly to fix roads around the country. However, these projects draw out of the pockets of those around the country in the form of taxes. Although taxes are necessary, it remains a huge inhibitor of affection for the federal government. If infrastructure projects concerning roadways were given to the state governments to handle, it would tax those in the state and surrounding communities, allowing those around the country to maintain that otherwise taxable income to be used for specific state projects. This would not only save the American people some money, but could divert that funding for other state infrastructure projects, like the battle against global warming in specific areas of our nation. Although not all infrastructure can be maintained by specific state governments, a large portion of needs can be handled by local governments that hold the advantage over the federal government due to their knowledge of the local areas. This change in industrial and environmental jurisdiction could benefit the American people as a whole, and allow for the ever-increasing American idea of self-governance to gain a bit of restitution.

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  • Riley from Illinois

    Congress should not overhaul the infrastructure of the United states. I think that the current system is adequate while meeting the needs of a modern nation. People that believe the infrastructure needs to be overhauled support the fact that our roads are outdated, too many people do not have access to the internet, and that funding is needed to prepare for climate change-related disasters. Additionally, they claim that the power to make this type of overhaul rests with the federal government because it relates to the general welfare of all Americans. Although I can agree that this would be fair to argue, I believe that in a world as controversial as today that doing such things would cause controversy between political parties due to the fact that the government is intervening more than they should be. Living in the U.S we are promised a democracy as a government, where the people have a say in what the country moves forward with. If the federal government starts to take shots at what they believe is the most efficient then there will be much political unrest throughout the country. On a smaller scale, our country does not have a big enough infrastructure problem to implant congress in the situation. To add to the fact, state and local governments can understand their own infrastructure necessities so it would make more sense to put the power in the hands of the local governments. Considering the fact that more states are in need of a stronger plan to supplement their fundamentals, it would be utterly unfair to put the federal government in charge of places that have a stronger grasp on these types of issues. Regardless of my beliefs concerning the idea of congress not overhauling the infrastructure of the United states, I still can support the fact that lower-income areas need the support of a better plan because they are in need of help with problems with roads, transportation, access to basic necessities like water are all in dire need of fixing. These problems endanger the lives of millions of Americans as well as increase the devastating aftermath of natural disasters and climate change in these areas. Not only can the restoration of infrastructure save people’s lives, but it can also provide a significant boost to the economy. Government funding for these projects will build the economy a strong foundation and provide lots of people with jobs. But, this all supports the idea of a more local plan, considering this does not help people in places where they are wealthy, and living in higher income areas. These areas also tend to be clean, refined, and safe.

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  • JD from Illinois

    No, I do not think Congress should overhaul the USA Infrastructure. Why? In August 2020, the total national debt was upwards of 26 million dollars. All owed to different places and people. A complete overhaul of the United States infrastructure would just add to the mountain of debt our Congress and federal government are already buried under. I believe these resources can be allocated to more important areas, Hunger, Homelessness, and national security, etc. I believe that the state and local governments are well equipped to initiate change in their own local areas. It might take time and probably a good amount of effort too, but in this day and age where I think many people are becoming too dependent on their government to do everything for them, a little elbow grease won’t hurt. I believe this matter should be handled by each individual state for what is in their best interest. It’s tough to make one plan that will work because not every state is the same, everyone wants different changes which will be tough to make happen. Along with helping out the individuals of our great nation, we allow the states to gain a little more personality and individualism in their restructuring. With an estimated 200 billion spent on roads and highways alone in the past 25 years, delegating this restructuring to the states could be a huge breakthrough and money saver for our federal government.

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  • Connor from Illinois

    Congress should not overhaul the infrastructure of America. There is an infrastructure problem in America, but it is not everywhere in America. The problem of infrastructure should be left to the state governments and not the federal government. This problem should be left to the state government because not only is it a bigger problem in some states than it is in others, state governments know their states better and know what are the most crucial areas to focus on. If we look at the most recent infrastructure bill passed by congress the bill is a one trillion dollar package called the infrastructure bill, but most of the money is going toward other projects. The one trillion dollar package also will raise taxes. The problem is not that infrastructure does not need to be addressed in America, it’s that congress should not address the problem as a whole. The infrastructure in America was rated a C-. Fixing America’s infrastructure can save and help many Americans life’s much better, but this should be the job of the state government and not congress.

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  • Connor from Illinois

    The role of the federal government in managing the nation’s infrastructure has been a recurring issue in America’s history. Those who argue for the need for a revamping of the US’ infrastructure system argue that our current system is not up to the modern needs of the country. Critics believe that this type of overhaul should be carried out by the federal government since it affects the welfare of all Americans. Supporters argue that this should be done to improve the nation’s infrastructure. They claim that these projects are sufficient to maintain the infrastructure that is generally needed. They also state that state governments are more competent at managing these projects due to their constitutional authority. I believe that we should not overhaul the bill because it is very important to make the country safer and more enjoyable to live in. The supporters of the overhaul are probably afraid of raised taxes due to the improvements.

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  • Noah from Illinois

    I believe that congress should not overhaul the infrastructure in the United States. Currently, there are certain areas where aid in infrastructure is necessary, but I think this decision should be up to individual states to make. States have the ability and right to determine whether or not they require changes in infrastructure. An overhaul in infrastructure across the United States would require an enormous amount of resources, manpower, and funding. All of which would be hard to obtain with the ever-present effects of COVID-19. With state governments in control of the issue, Congress would be able to allocate more resources and aid states better. Despite my belief that congress should not overhaul the infrastructure in the United States, I think there are issues with infrastructure that need the be addressed. Especially in lower-income areas, problems with roads, transportation, access to basic necessities like water are all in dire need of fixing. These problems endanger the lives of millions of Americans as well as increase the devastating aftermath of natural disasters and climate change in these areas. Not only can the restoration of infrastructure save people’s lives, but it can also provide a significant boost to the economy. Government funding for these projects will build the economy a strong foundation and provide lots of people with jobs. All are beneficial following the effects of COVID-19. Ultimately there are many issues with infrastructure that need to be solved, but this should be done through state governments and not Congress.

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  • Ellen from Illinois

    Congress does not have sufficient need to overhaul the infrastructure of the United States. Currently, it is estimated that almost 200 billion dollars are spent on highways and roads alone annually. This is over a 95% increase on infrastructure spending over the past 25 years. (this figure was adjusted for inflation). With government infrastructure spending continually trending upward, there is not an adequate need for Congress to overhaul. An intervenience in infrastructure could cost trillions of dollars, furthering the wittless spending of our government.
    I believe that infrastructure spending should remain as a state responsibility. This will continually support state freedoms, while lessening the involvement of the federal government in the state level government. This also supports the balance between state and federal government power. Although there is a need for maintenance and basic improvements of the nation’s infrastructure, I do not believe that it is to a level of which congress needs involvement in order to produce excess funding. The federal government should have higher focus on other areas of issue, as opposed to finding more reasons to spend tax dollars. There is a high need for a control on spending, and I truly believe that infrastructure is not an area of high concern for the country. With the states’ governmental ability to manage infrastructure, the need for congressional involvement is minimized. Individual state freedoms also include the power to prioritize and manage their spending, and how they utilize tax money. When taking into account the amount of money the government collects every year, the fiscal values are plentiful in that they have the ability to sufficiently cover the costs of basic infrastructure improvements. With an estimated 3.5 trillion dollar revenue annually, the federal government continual support to infrastructure minimizes the need for an overhaul.

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  • Amy from Illinois

    No, a complete overhaul of the infrastructure in the U.S. is not necessary. However, some important changes need to be made. Individual states have the power and right to individually assess their needs and situation regarding infrastructure. A government-required overhaul of national infrastructure would require tremendous amounts of manpower and funding that would be hard to obtain. By leaving the issue up to state governments, it would take the pressure and controversiality of the issue off of the U.S. government and allow them to respond to the needs and wants of their constituents. However, some infrastructure issues must be addressed. For example, bridges, roads, and other transportation infrastructure is in dire need of updating and renovation in the name of safety. This issue is increasingly prevalent in lower-income communities and disproportionately affects them. Additionally, certain public schools are more at risk of detrimental infrastructure failure due to earthquakes. As government property, it is the responsibility of the state to ensure a safe learning environment, especially as earthquakes increase in frequency due to climate change. Water crises across the U.S., especially in Mississippi, are proving to be detrimental to the ability of our people to gain access to clean, safe drinking water. In addition to the obvious benefits that states’ redoing of their infrastructure would provide, it could help to boost our economy. The spending and investments by state governments could help build a strong foundation for our economy, which proves especially helpful following the COVID-19 pandemic. In conclusion, there are dire crises that are in need of attention, but that attention should come from state governments and not federal legislation.

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  • Makenna from Illinois

    I believe that Congress should not overhaul the infrastructure in the United States. There are many areas within the country in need of an overhaul–from roads to energy savings–but this is not a job for Congress. This is where federalism comes into play. It’s not clear what’s state power versus federal power. The federal government is said to control imports and exports, for example, which could be impacted by infrastructure. States on the other hand are said to control public health and safety, which could also be argued as something that falls under infrastructure. Like most things, it all comes down to money. In my opinion, the federal government has issues bigger than infrastructure that tax money could be better spent on. Then the states have the power to deal with infrastructure in their own states how they see fit, and the issue doesn’t fall on the federal government or Congress.

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  • Diya from Illinois

    I do not think that congress should overhaul the infrastructure of the untied states. Although many places need better infrastructure I think it’s up to the individual states to take charge of that. The states have the power to do so, why use the government money for something that not every states truly needs.

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