S. Hrg. 113-73: America's Crumbling Infrastructure and How to Fix It, Hearing Before the Joint Economic Committee, Congress of the United States, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, July 24, 2013   [open pdf - 278KB]

This July 24, 2013 hearing, "America's Crumbling Infrastructure and How to Fix It," before the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee. From the opening statement of Amy Klobuchar: "If you look back through American history, many of the greatest periods of growth and progress were made possible by historic investments in infrastructure. We connected the East and the West Coasts by rail in 1869, ushering in the Second Industrial Revolution. We began building the interstate highway system in the 1950s, connecting our country and our economy in ways never before possible…and we did it, by the way, with a Democratic Congress and Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower in the White House. America is the country it is today because we've been willing to invest in the foundations for growth, innovation and commerce. In recent years, however, we've fallen behind. The World Economic Forum ranked American infrastructure 6th in the world in its 2007-2008 report. Five years later, we have slipped to 25th place. The cracks in our broken transportation system became tragically clear in my home state on the afternoon of August 1, 2007, when the I-35W bridge collapsed into the Mississippi River...taking the lives of thirteen and injuring many more." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Edward G. Rendell, Robert Poole, Robert Puentes, Chris Edwards, and Amy Klobuchar.

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