Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont said Monday night that the United States was becoming “the laughing stock of the entire world” because of the nation’s crumbling infrastructure.
The Senate will take up this week a part of Barack Obama’s American Jobs Act that would provide $60 billion create a National Infrastructure Bank, and to rebuild roads, rails and airports.
“China is now spending 9 percent of its GDP on infrastructure,” Sanders said on MSNBC’s Politics Nation. “They’re building thousands of miles of high speed rail. Europe, 5 percent. We are at 2.2 percent. We’re becoming the laughing stock of the entire world. ”
“You want to put people to work tomorrow?” he added. “Start rebuilding the infrastructure. It is incomprehensible to me that the Republicans are opposing that.”
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