Condition of Our Nation's Infrastructure and Proposals for Needed Improvements, Hearing Before the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress,Second Session on Additional Investment Programs that are Designed to Leverage Public and Private Investment in Infrastructure, Tuesday, March 11, 2008 [open pdf - 8MB]
From the opening statement of Christopher J. Dodd: "We gather here this morning to examine the issue of paramount importance: the condition of our Nation's infrastructure and proposals for needed improvements to it. I believe this is an urgent priority for our Nation for two fundamental reasons: first, because the safety and health of all Americans is directly and adversely affected by the deterioration of our roads, bridges, mass transit, drinking water, wastewater removal, and other vital components of our national structure. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that approximately 14,000 Americans die each year at least in part because our roads and bridges are crumbling before our very eyes. Congestion on our roads causes tons of carbon dioxide and other pollutants to be pumped into the atmosphere day after day. These emissions compromise the health of children and adults and contribute to global warming, which poses immense risks to the future of all humans." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Christopher J. Dodd, Richard Shelby, Robert Menendez, Chuck Hagel, Thomas R. Carper, Bob Corker, David G. Mongan, Tim Johnson, Mike Crapo, Felix G. Rohatyn, Tracy Wolstencroft, Ron Blackwell, anet F. Kavinoky, and Marc H. Morial.
S. Hrg. 110-972; Senate Hearing 110-972
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