Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Sanders: $1T infrastructure bill would be cheaper than Iraq War

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Monday that his bill to spend $1 trillion over the next five years to boost the nation's transportation infrastructure would cost less than what the U.S. government spent on the Iraq War.

"It has been estimated that the costs of the Bush/Cheney Iraq War, a war we should never have waged, will total $3 trillion by the time the last veteran receives needed care," he said during a speech at the Brookings Institution in Washington.

"A $1 trillion investment in infrastructure could support 13 million decent-paying jobs and make our country more efficient, productive and safer," Sanders continued. 
The measure, which has been dubbed the “Rebuild America Act,” comes as lawmakers have been discussing a funding source for paying for infrastructure improvements.
The current transportation funding bill, which includes $11 billion worth of projects, is scheduled to expire on May 31.

There is little consensus on a permanent funding source than could supplement the revenue collected by 18.4 cent-per-gallon federal gas tax, which has been used to fill the Transportation Department's Highway Trust Fund since the 1950s.

The gas tax, which predates the highway system by about 20 years, hasn't been increased since 1993. It has struggled since to keep pace with infrastructure expenses as cars have become more fuel-efficient.

The tax at the pump brings in about $34 billion per year. The federal government typically spends about $50 billion per year on road and transit projects.

Transportation advocates have argued that raising the tax would be the easiest way to close the gap. However, most lawmakers have been reluctant to ask drivers to pay more at the pump to improve the country’s infrastructure.

Sanders said passing a new transportation funding bill would be a way for lawmakers to boost the U.S. economy, in addition to fixing the nation's damaged roads and bridges.

"We need a major federal jobs program to put millions of Americans back to work," he said. "The fastest way to do that is to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, our roads, bridges, water systems, wastewater plants, airports, railroads and schools.

Sanders has not weighed in on raising the gas tax but said Monday that a suggestion from some lawmakers and the Obama administration to use revenue from taxing overseas corporate profits could be viable. 


  1. Sanders is a fake. He's done nothing for us since he's been office....just like the rest of the lying criminals. Its really that simple. How can we save money when the Iraq War already ended? Is Sanders saying that we are currently spending 200 billion in Iraq? That's a lie.

    I have an idea. Lets cut all foreign aid (especially to Sanders real allegiance...Israel), reduce military bases and all subsidies to the military industrial complex, oil & gas, pharmaceuticals (vaccines), utilities, etc....and let's take care of our borders and our people.

    The problem is the government and big business owners that manipulate the government to their advantage. Its not rocket science. We should also have stiff laws for propaganda so that news companies and news anchors are literally locked up for hyping (making up) news to intidimate us or affect our sentiment toward an issue.

    Wake up americans. I've been preaching on this for years and most americans still don't get it. They understand super bowl, apple products, nice cars, organic groceries and other foolish things....but nothing about the corruptness and fraud that gov and big business leaves us with each day.

    Wake the F up. The government is NOT working for you, either is big business. You are their slave and that's about it.

  2. The bill appears to be less expensive, but unfortunately it doesn't kill as many people as a nice war.

  3. We can get the money back for the Iraq war. Round up everyone involved in the lies that created the war. Take away everything they own to pay it back. And throw them in jail. Sounds like a plan.