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Biden Open to Compromise on Corporate Tax Hike

But inaction on infrastructure is not an option, he says

(Newser) - President Biden said Wednesday that he is open to compromise with Republicans on how to pay for his massive $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan . He's also going to have to be open to compromise with Democrats: West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin has said he will support raising the corporate...

McConnell: We'll Fight Biden Plan 'Every Step of the Way'

Senate minority leader says infrastructure proposal is too expensive

(Newser) - President Joe Biden set about convincing America it needs his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan on Thursday, deputizing a five-member “jobs Cabinet” to help in the effort. But the difficulty of his task was made clear as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's vowed to oppose the plan “...

Biden: People Will Say This Is When America Won the Future

He unveils 'largest American jobs investment since World War II'

(Newser) - President Biden unveiled his sweeping infrastructure investment plan Wednesday in the same city where he announced his White House bid in 2019. The president, speaking at a carpenters union training center in Pittsburgh, described the $2.3 trillion plan as a "once-in-a-generation investment in America" unlike anything since the...

In Biden's Plan, Roads and Bridges Are Just the Start

The 8-year proposal stresses investment, addressing inequities

(Newser) - The Biden administration released details Wednesday on its jobs and infrastructure plan, a $2 trillion proposal to address long-ignored needs and problems. The plan budgets $115 billion for roads and highways and bridges—rebuilding 10 major bridges and 10,000 smaller ones, as well as 20,000 miles of road....

Senator on Biden's $3T Plan: 'We Need to Get It Done'

President is said to be putting together a massive infrastructure and domestic needs package

(Newser) - Fresh off the passage of the COVID-19 relief bill , President Biden is assembling the next big White House priority: a sweeping $3 trillion package of investments on infrastructure and domestic needs. Biden huddled privately late Monday with Senate Democrats as Congress has already begun laying the groundwork with legislation for...

Report Card on America's Infrastructure Is a 'Warning'

Overall score from American Society of Civil Engineers is a C-

(Newser) - America's infrastructure has scored near-failing grades for its deteriorating roads, public transit, and storm water systems due to years of inaction from the federal government, the American Society of Civil Engineers reports. Its overall grade: a mediocre C-, a slight improvement from its D+ grade in 2017, reports the...

Line That Carries Water to Half of Houston Breaks

(Newser) - A water main break from a plant that supplies about half of Houston left drivers stranded on a flooded freeway and forced businesses and schools to close because they had no water or low water pressure on Thursday. "This was a major, a major break," Mayor Sylvester Turner...

He Died When the Dam Gave Way. More Could Share His Fate
He Died When
the Dam Gave Way.
More Could Share His Fate

He Died When the Dam Gave Way. More Could Share His Fate

An AP investigation looks at the threat posed by aging US dams

(Newser) - On a cold morning last March, Kenny Angel got a frantic knock on his door. Two workers from a utility company in northern Nebraska had come with a stark warning: Get out of your house. Just a little over a quarter-mile upstream, the 92-year-old Spencer Dam was straining to contain...

Trump, Schumer, Pelosi Agree on a Number: $2T

That's how much they want to spend on infrastructure

(Newser) - We have a figure: After a 90-minute meeting with President Trump on Tuesday, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi said they collectively agreed to spend $2 trillion repairing America's crumbling infrastructure. That may have been the easy part. What they did not agree on is where the money would come...

Trump Trying to Sabotage Top Infrastructure Project: Report

Sources say president is urging lawmakers to deny funding to NY-NJ rail tunnel

(Newser) - President Trump is suddenly opposing what is widely seen as one of the most important infrastructure projects in the country, at least in part, because he's mad at Sen. Chuck Schumer, sources tell the New York Times . The Gateway project is a $30 billion plan to build a new...

Trump Ready to Roll Out $1.5T Infrastructure Plan

Critics say it doesn't include enough federal cash

(Newser) - Both parties agree that America's infrastructure is in need of some serious work after decades of under-investment, but the $1.5 trillion plan President Trump plans to roll out Monday is still expected to be controversial—especially because of disagreements over where the $1.5 trillion is supposed to...

NYC Commuters' 'Summer of Hell' Begins Monday

'I'd rather have my teeth pulled,' commuter says of anticipated woes from repair project

(Newser) - A massive two-month repair project will launch Monday at the country's busiest train station, temporarily exacerbating the daily commuting struggle during what New York's governor has predicted will be a "summer of hell," per the AP . At Penn Station, crowds of commuters fume at frequent delays,...

Trump Promises 'New Monuments to American Grit'

The president pitched his $1T infrastructure plan

(Newser) - Speaking in front of a coal barge in Cincinnati, President Trump promised Wednesday to construct a "first class" system of roads, bridges, and waterways along with "incredible new monuments to American grit," the AP reports. Trump was in Ohio talking up his infrastructure plans, which include turning...

Sinkholes Caused by Bad Infrastructure on the Rise

At least 39 incidents have been recorded since December

(Newser) - Dora Linda Nishihara, 68, was driving in San Antonio one dark evening in early December when she suddenly disappeared from sight. Later, her car, with her body inside, was found at the bottom of a 12-foot-deep, water-filled sinkhole that had swallowed the road ahead of her. Two days later, a...

Hackers Woke Up All of Dallas With Emergency Sirens

They set off 156 emergency sirens, all at the same time

(Newser) - Dallas got a rather unpleasant wakeup call over the weekend: nearly 160 emergency sirens blaring throughout the city in tandem, in what Rocky Vaz, director of the city's Office of Emergency Management, says was the result of hacking from "someone outside our system" but in or near the...

That Bridge You Drive Over May Be One of 56K Shoddy Ones

Report nails tens of thousands of 'structurally deficient' spans across US

(Newser) - Like a bridge over troubled water, or simply like a troubled bridge? According to a construction organization specializing in over-the-water platforms, it's the latter in the US, with almost 56,000 "structurally deficient" bridges scattered across the country, USA Today reports. And the American Road and Transportation Builders...

Alibaba Founder: US Spent $14T on the Wrong Thing

'You're supposed to spend money on your own people,' not war, Jack Ma said

(Newser) - Tempted to blame China for your economic woes, America? Take a look in the mirror instead. That was the message of Alibaba founder Jack Ma Wednesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where he wagged a finger at the US for blowing $14 trillion on war efforts over...

With Money Tight, More Towns Are Unpaving Their Roads

Public works spending isn't keeping up with basic maintenance costs

(Newser) - With infrastructure spending at a low point and infrastructure itself getting a D grade as judged by the American Society of Civil Engineers, paved roads that are crumbling and full of potholes are becoming more commonplace. And now, according to a new report out by the National Highway Cooperative Highway...

Congress Playing With Fire on Infrastructure Spending

Atlantic writer: We need a long-term fix, not 60-day stopgaps

(Newser) - One thing both parties agree on is that the way we fund projects to repair roads, rails, and bridges is a joke, writes Russell Berman at the Atlantic . Witness the House vote earlier this week to keep the Highway Trust Fund alive—for only another two months. Without the fund,...

China to Build a Direct Path to Indian Ocean

Chinese to announce $45B investment in Pakistani energy, infrastructure

(Newser) - China doesn't touch the Indian Ocean, but it soon intends to have access to it. Chinese president Xi Jinping is currently on a two-day trip to Pakistan to finalize a big investment in its links with its neighbor: $45 billion to be spent on energy and infrastructure projects, the...

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