As the President has emphasized since he began developing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the goals of the plan include both creating millions of new jobs and taking "steps to strengthen our country for years to come." On both counts, rebuilding America’s critical infrastructure is a central piece of the plan, and experts from across the political spectrum agree that investing in infrastructure is one of best ways to get "bang for the buck" in terms of stimulus.
Yesterday, in his first post at the Transportation Department’s blog, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced a new group within his department dedicated to its role in the recovery plan, and today Vice President Biden joined LaHood and Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley to discuss the importance of these investments.
After touring the Laurel, Maryland MARC Train Station, one of the thousands of rail and commuter stations all across the country in dire need of improvements, the Vice President echoed the President’s message of urgency: "Quite simply, we cannot wait. We cannot wait another two weeks, three weeks, four weeks. We cannot wait. Our economic recovery package is now before the Senate. It will put us back on track to create and save 3 to 4 million jobs." The Vice President also referenced a new report released by the White House using Maryland as a case study to show the impact investing in infrastructure will have on our nation.
You can read the case study here.