America’s infrastructure is the backbone of our society. From roads, rails, bridges, and transit to the electrical grid, water treatment plants, broadband networks, schools, and hospitals, infrastructure makes modern life as we know it possible. It is critical to our economic growth, global competitiveness, and quality of life.
Despite its importance, America’s infrastructure has not kept pace with our country’s growing and shifting demands and the changing world around us. A growing pattern of underinvestment and uncoordinated planning has led to a range of concerns that are felt across the country, including widespread congestion, unsafe bridges, inadequate water supply, and an electric grid that is increasingly pressed beyond its ability. More broadly, we have created a system that leaves us dependent on imported oil, vulnerable to rising energy prices, and ill-equipped to address the challenges of climate change.