Infrastructure Improvements Usually Have Bipartisan Support. So Why Can't Congress Make Progress On The Issue?

Published: Monday, April 19, 2021 - 12:15pm
Updated: Monday, April 19, 2021 - 12:48pm
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President Joe Biden is pushing a roughly $2 trillion infrastructure bill; it would include money for roads, bridges and public transit, but also areas like manufacturing, housing, water, schools and broadband.

A new survey from NPR, PBS Newshour and Marist College finds more than half of the Democrats surveyed support the plan and about half of independents do. But the survey found most Republicans oppose the proposal, including how the president would pay for the projects.

Infrastructure has traditionally been an issue has that won bipartisan support, at least in theory. In practice, however, it’s been a bumpier road. Former President Donald Trump talked about trying to improve the country’s infrastructure and his successor is now taking a shot at it.

To learn about all of this, The Show spoke with Samara Klar, an associate professor of political science in the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona.

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