President Obama on Monday carried forward themes of innovation, education and infrastructure construction to turn the U.S. from a consumer economy to one that’s based on selling goods to the world.
“And this is a job for all of us,” Obama said to members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “We will upgrade our transportation and communication networks so you can move goods and information more quickly and more cheaply.”
Providing people and businesses “with the fastest, most reliable way to move goods and information” was a responsibility of the nation, the president said. The cost of outmoded and inadequate infrastructure was too high.
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“And that’s what we have right now -- outdated, inadequate infrastructure,” Obama said. “Any of you that have been traveling to other countries, you know it, you see it, and it affects your bottom lines. That’s why I want to put more people to work rebuilding crumbling roads, rebuilding our bridges.
Obama drew laughs from his audience when he said Chamber President Thomas Donohue and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka “are not Facebook friends, but they agree on the need to build a 21st-century infrastructure.” Donohue and Trumka held a rare joint news conference on Jan. 26 to urge Congress to invest more in infrastructure.
Obama thanked the chamber for pushing lawmakers to invest more, “and to do so in the most cost-effective way possible: with tax dollars that leverage private capital, and with projects that are determined not by politics, but by what’s best for our economy.”
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