Despite Republican threats to sue President Barack Obama over unfounded claims of “constitutional overreach”, the White House announced it plans to unveil a new infrastructure funding program today.
At this point the President seems to be reveling in the prospects of being sued. The President’s new plan appears to be provoking Republicans, mainly because the President made it quite clear the new program will be implemented executive authority (Queue Republican outrage). The statement released by the White House made the President’s intentions quite clear,
“The steps announced today continue the momentum the President has made using his executive authority – his pen and phone – to invest in modernizing our infrastructure, including speeding up the permitting process for major infrastructure projects to create more jobs.”
The new program is called Building America Investment Initiative. The plan is geared to increase infrastructure investments and spur economic growth. As part of the Building America program, the Administration is also launching the Building America Transportation Investment Center.
The focus of the latter program will serve cities and states seeking new ways to innovate their local transportation infrastructure. The program will utilize innovative financing plans, and partnerships with government and private enterprises.
The President also praised Congress on passing an $11 billion short term funding bill for the Highway Trust Fund. However, the President implored we need long term solutions.
There’s no doubt American infrastructure is long over do for a makeover. Congressional action has been nonexistent on the issue, so the President took it upon himself to try and correct the problem. This program will help put Americans back to work, in addition make our cities’ crumbling infrastructure on par with the rest of the developed world.