Vice President Biden wants to see an increase in infrastructure spending, saying it would spur growth and create jobs.
“Build, build, build, build. … We built the transcontinental railroad,” Biden said at an event hosted by CG/LA Infrastructure. “The first federal road was built from Washington to Ohio … [We] built a thing called the Eerie Canal … ladies and gentlemen, we always have to build. That’s who we are.”
Biden went as far to say it’s “absolutely brain dead” not to be spending money on infrastructure that improves U.S. ports.
“It’s like that old line from the baseball movie ‘Field of Dreams’: ‘If you build it, they will come,” Biden said. “Invest in these ports and guess what? Manufacturing will come.”
The purpose of the event Biden spoke at was to bring together top business leaders in hopes of encouraging investment in the largest 100 infrastructure projects in North America.
“Vice President Biden knows infrastructure and is a great spokesman for our industry,” said CG/LA President and CEO Norman F. Anderson. “He relates well to this crowd and can speak in their language as few can. We are honored that he took time out of his unimaginably busy schedule to join us.”
Biden has always stressed the importance of infrastructure. Back in July he released a video explaining the “Grow America Act.”