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 They argue that our roads are outdated, too many people do not have access to the internet, and that funding is needed to prepare for climate change-related disasters.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: 61%
No: 39%
  • 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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  • 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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    • Alexis from Illinois

      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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  • 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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  • 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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