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$1 Trillion Program to Rebuild Roads, Bridges & Infrastructure to be Introduced

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders says he plans to introduce legislation to authorize a $1 trillion program to rebuild the nation's crumbling road and bridges and make other investments in infrastructure. 

January 05, 2015

Democrat Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont says he plans to introduce legislation to authorize a $1 trillion program to rebuild the nation's crumbling road and bridges and make other investments in infrastructure. 

Sanders, who will become ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, says the multi-year program would provide 13 million jobs. Sanders said Saturday that the country once led the world in building and maintaining a nationwide network of safe and reliable roads and bridges. He says now nearly one-third of America's major roads are in poor or mediocre condition and nearly one-fourth of the 600,000 bridges have been designated as structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. 

He says the American Society of Civil Engineers estimates it would take $3.6 trillion by 2020 to get the country's infrastructure to a passable condition.  

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