Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday introduced legislation to spend $1 trillion over the next five years to rebuild the nation’s crumbling roads and bridges, The Washington Post and The Hill reported. “This bill accomplishes two goals,” Sanders said on Bloomberg’s “With All Due Respect.” “It addresses the fact that we have neglected our infrastructure, which gets worse every year. And second of all, it creates jobs which we desperately need.” The legislation would create an estimated 13 million jobs, Sanders wrote in a column for The Hill. “It is time to put the American people back to work rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure,” Sanders said in an interview with C-SPAN Radio.
Sanders’ bill covers not only highways, bridges and public transit but also sets aside billions of dollars to improve freight and passenger rail service, install new high-speed rail lines, expand airports while also modernizing their technology, beef up funding for national parks, ports and inland waterways, replacing antiquated water lines, electric grids and making broadband Internet more accessible, Congressional Quarterly reported. “Bridges do not get better unless you rebuild them, make them safe, and that’s what we’ve got to do,” Sanders said on WVNY-TV and WFFF-TV. “Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski co-sponsored Sanders’ bill, WBAL-AM in Baltimore reported. Supporters include the American Society of Civil Engineers and the AFL-CIO, Bond Buyer and Talk Radio News Service reported.