Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

11/3/2011 (4 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Aging bridge used as a backdrop for Obama's speech.

President Obama has said that the deterioration of the nation's infrastructure is costly and threatens future economic growth.

Francis Scott Key Bridge was constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1923.

Francis Scott Key Bridge was constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1923.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

11/3/2011 (4 years ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: Obama, stimulus, jobs bill, Francis Scott Key Bridge


WASHINGTON DC (Catholic Online) - Delivering his remarks next to a landmark bridge in significant need of repair along the banks of the Potomac, President Obama is urging Congress to implement one of the planks of his jobs plan. Specifically, he is asking for Congress to approve $60 billion for infrastructure repairs.

According to Obama, deteriorating infrastructure costs businesses and families $130 billion per year. He said, "You're paying already for the substandard bridges. Fixing them would save money in the long run."

Many have said that infrastructure improvements are among the best ways to spend stimulus money. Handing the money to large firms, or doling it out in the form of entitlements provides a much smaller return that investment on infrastructure projects. Developing the national infrastructure is a safe bet for improving the economy. The plan both creates jobs, and makes commerce more efficient.

The bridge near which Obama spoke, is the Francis Scott Key Bridge a concrete structure spanning the Potomac that was completed in 1923. The bridge was originally built by the Army Corps of Engineers to connect Virginia to Washington's Georgetown neighborhood. Since then the oldest surviving bridge across the Potomac has become an icon of deteriorating infrastructure in the region.

According to the Federal Highway administration, repairing every bridge that needs it would actually cost some $140 billion. The Federal Highway administration published this figure in 2006. Republicans have so far refused to pass Obama's  $447 billion jobs package so Obama has shifted his strategy and is trying to pass it piecemeal.

Obama  continueds to criticize the Republican controlled House for stalling on his proposals and instead taking up other legislation that he does not believe will impact the country. Specifically, on Wednesday he criticized Congress for taking up the matter of "In God We Trust" as the national motto.

Obama said, "That's not putting people back to work. I trust in God, but God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people back to work."


---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for SEPTEMBER 2016
Universal:
Centrality of the Human Person: That each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the center.
Evangelization: Mission to Evangelize: That by participating in the Sacraments and meditating on Scripture, Christians may become more aware of their mission to evangelize.



Comments


More Politics & Policy

Globalism is a demonic agenda and Hillary Clinton is a globalist. No good Christian can support an evil movement Watch

Image of Bill Clinton is an avowed globalist. The Clinton Foundation operates with a globalist philosophy and Hillary Clinton will continue to promote her globalist agenda as president.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A major difference in the presidential election is the never-discussed, but all important clash between globalism and nationalism. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Hillary Clinton is a globalist. Her husband, Bill Clinton was legendary for introducing America to ... continue reading


Planned Parenthood prepares to attack Gov. McCrory and state Republicans Watch

Image of Planned Parenthood is attacking the people and governor of North Carolina in hopes of winning the state for Clinton.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

North Carolina is a battleground state and Planned Parenthood is about to spend millions on a media blitz intended to give Hillary Clinton the lead. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Planned Parenthood wants to be inside your womb and your restroom. The anti-life ... continue reading


Faith was barely mentioned at the debate - Should Catholics be worried? Watch

Image of Why wasn't faith mentioned during the debate?

By Matt Hadro (CNA)

There were few direct statements about faith by the two presidential candidates in Monday's debate. But that is not necessarily a cause for worry, Catholic analysts said. Washington D.C. (CNA) - Monday's event was only "the first of three presidential debates," noted ... continue reading


DEVELOPING: Was Clinton wearing a secret device during the debate? Evidence emerges Watch

Image of Was Hillary Clinton still using a hearing device or something else during the debate?

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Was Hillary Clinton wearing a medical device during her debate with Donald Trump? A series of pictures has emerged that show her wearing a device of some sort. The device appears to be a microphone, but there are some questions that can be raised. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Clinton and Trump clash in first debate - and a BIG prediction is made Watch

Image of Both candidates were cordial the before and after the debate, but these exchanged sharp accusations during the debate. Trump appeared more reserved than his usual self.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Clinton and Trump faced off in their first presidential debate. Most experts are saying Clinton won the debate, but the informal online polls all award the debate to Donald Trump. Trump appeared strong yet angry, while Clinton appeared poised. The debate is the first ... continue reading


A Catholic guide to Clinton and Trump - which candidate is closer to the Church in their stated positions? Watch

Image of With 20 percent of the population, Catholics represent a major voting bloc in the United States.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Tonight Hillary Clinton will debate against Donald Trump in the first of three presidential debates. There are plenty of debate previews to read, but none are tailored for Catholics. What should Catholics look for in tonight's debate? LOS ANGELES, CA (California ... continue reading


SMART MOVE: Donald Trump appoints 33 Catholic leaders to advise him on policy matters Watch

Image of

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Donald Trump has named a list of 33 Catholics to a Catholic Advisory Group to offer him ongoing policy recommendations on matters of concern to Catholics and other Christians. Included on the list is Deacon Keith Fournier, the Editor in Chief of Catholic Online. LOS ... continue reading


Donald Trump commits to fight abortion! Letter sent to Pro-Life leaders Watch

Image of Donald Trump has described his position as

By Catholic Online

Donald Trump has issued a statement to pro-life leaders explaining his plans to protect and preserve the lives of our most vulnerable citizens. As leaders in this fight, we would like to share his words with you in our community. Please keep the unborn in mind ... continue reading


What Wells Fargo did to you, how Senator Warren is defending you, and why the Law Code of Hammurabi is better than our pathetic system of justice today Watch

Image of Elizabeth Warren skewered Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf during a Senate inquiry over the massive fraud perpetrated by the company.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Senator Elizabeth Warren tore into Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf, who claims he is "accountable" for a massive scam that impacted millions of the bank's customers. However, Stumpf has not resigned, returned any money, or faced criminal prosecution. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Why did George H.W. Bush say he is voting for Clinton? Because he's part of the globalist establishment, that's why Watch

Image of Is George H.W. Bush voting for Clinton? According to Kennedy-Townsend, yes.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

George Herbert Walker Bush is a Clinton lover. It doesn't matter that Bill Clinton trashed him in the polls in 1991, his vote is going to Hillary Clinton. The reason behind the surprising endorsement is simple: globalism. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) ... continue reading


All Politics & Policy News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Job 38:1, 12-21; 40:3-5
1 Then from the heart of the tempest Yahweh gave Job his answer. He ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 139:1-3, 7-8, 9-10, 13-14
1 [For the choirmaster Of David Psalm] Yahweh, you examine me and know ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 10:13-16
13 'Alas for you, Chorazin! Alas for you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for September 30th, 2016 Image

St. Jerome
September 30: St. Jerome, who was born Eusebius Hieronymous ... Read More