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ASCE President Comments on Obama Address

Nation’s Civil Engineers Call for Support of Infrastructure Investments from All Levels, All Sides 

Statement attributable to Kathy J. Caldwell, P.E., president of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE): 

"As we approach President Obama’s State of the Union address tonight there is one thing that all Americans must remember: While it may be difficult to talk about such high-price priorities when families are still struggling, the cost that each and every one of us will face if we fail to invest in the nation’s infrastructure will be even more painful. 

Infrastructure spending, no matter what form it takes, is an investment in our future prosperity, both economically and socially. The gridlock, broken water mains and delayed flights that come from failing infrastructure have a negative impact on the checkbook and quality of life of each and every American. However, investing in those same systems will create jobs and support our economy—something our grandparents and great-grandparents recognized decades ago when faced with similar challenges. 

Infrastructure is not a partisan issue; it’s an American issue, and as a nation, we have to start demanding that it be treated as such. Our future, and our children’s futures, depend on it."