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Why Biden Is Right to Think Beyond the DOT in His Infrastructure Package

April 12, 2021

When opponents of Biden’s infrastructure plan argue that most of the package isn’t devoted to building “traditional” infrastructure like roads and bridges, they’re ignoring something absolutely critical: that America’s transportation landscape will never be truly safe or sustainable until we tackle our broken social safety nets and our broken street designs.

Top Republican lawmakers have decried the $1.9-trillion American Jobs Plan, which devotes nearly as much money to workforce development and care infrastructure programs (like expanding access to daycare, eldercare, and affordable housing) as it does to the steel-in-the-ground physical assets that make our society function.

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